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Waste facility plans on table for Perth’s international airport

WESTRALIA Airports Corporation is considering developing a significant biowaste facility on land adjacent to the Perth International Airport.

WAC director of technical services Torben Petersen said he has been talking with a number of firms in an effort to progress a feasibility study.

The proposed biowaste facility, which would be the first of its kind in Australia, would produce both energy and by products such as fertilisers.

“I feel we’ve got to look at more efficient ways to produce energy,” Mr Petersen said.

“There are a couple of facilities in Europe based on this process and there are a couple of companies in Australia that are thinking about it but nothing has come to fruition yet.”

Westralia Airports Corporation is currently seeking a business partner to fund the construction of the facility somewhere on the 2,105-hectare airport estate.

There are about 700 hectares available for future commercial developments.

“This is just one of a number of issues that we are looking at and we haven’t really identified the piece of land,” Mr Petersen said.

“We have been talking to a number of firms and we are trying to progress a feasibility study on it but it hasn’t yet begun.

“We’re very interested in pursuing it and we think it’s an appropriate use of the land.”

The technology to develop a biowaste facility still demands a high level of innovative engineering however Mr Petersen is confident the cost will come down as interest in this type of clean energy gathers momentum.

Although Westralia Airports Corporation is not in a position to run the facility it is willing to commit between five and 10 hectares of land from the estates.

“We think we have the ideal location with the land and it appears to be an appropriate use of the land,” Mr Petersen said.

“This is one of those issues that we’ve got to look forward to the future and appropriate ways of producing energy.”

Westralia Airports Corporation has invested $56 million in property on the airport estate since it took over the airport in 1997.

The property and development division is responsible for 106 leases and 205 buildings that generate total revenue from rent worth $45 million.

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