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Establishing Australia’s first large-scale energy from waste project

Australia is moving away from landfill disposal and towards more sustainable ways of managing the waste generated in the country and is currently building its very first large-scale energy from waste facility in Kwinana, Perth. The Avertas Energy facility will be in full operation in 2022 and recover resources and energy from municipal and commercial waste. Ramboll plays a critical role in the design, construction and commissioning of the Avertas Energy Plant as the Owners Engineer.

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The energy from waste facility in Western Australia has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 400,000 tonnes per year. It will be capable of processing 400,000 tonnes of waste a year and producing 38MW of electricity, enough to power up to 55,000 homes.
 

The plant will use well-proven grate technology, which uses thermally treated waste to heat water into steam to produce electricity and enables the recovery of valuable metals. The technology meets strict environmental standards and has already been in use in many countries with a strong track record in Europe. To date, Ramboll has provided consultancy to 155 new units or retrofits using this technology.

"This is a landmark project in Australia, and we are optimistic about the future market within waste-to-energy in the country,” said Geert Stryg, Project Director at Ramboll. "This project required strong intercompany collaboration between Ramboll’s Energy and Environment & Health teams in Europe and Australia, and we are confident it will pave the way for future Australian waste-to-energy projects.”


Waste-to-energy services delivered

Since 2014, Ramboll has provided consultancy services to Avertas Energy, which reached Financial Close in 2018. Ramboll was instrumental in structuring the project, as well as negotiating the contract with Acciona Construction for designing and building the plant and negotiating the contract with Veolia Australia for operating the facility.

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