19/12/2014 - 12:09

Waste-to-energy firming for 2017

19/12/2014 - 12:09

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Waste-to-energy firming for 2017
New Energy general manager Jason Pugh.

New Energy Corporation has had another win in its proposal to build a $200 million waste-to-energy plant near Port Hedland.

The City of Karratha has awarded New Energy a contract to manage its resource recovery at the Seven Mile Landfill, which in turn has satisfied New Energy’s need for waste to process through the plant.

Under the contract, New Energy will manage the city’s residential and commercial waste and divert between 40,000 and 60,000 tonnes per year from the landfill to the planned waste-to-energy plant.

It follows the Town of Port Hedland’s agreement in September to direct much of its landfill to the waste-to-energy plant.

The two agreements mean New Energy has secured enough waste to underpin the facility.

On the funding front, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced the provision of $50 million for New Energy’s project.

New Energy has since been seeking private investment, which general manager Jason Pugh said had been going well.

He said construction of the plant was expected to commence next year with operation beginning in 2015.

The company is also progressing a plan for a similar plant in Rockingham.

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