The Queensland Government has welcomed the announcement of plans for a $400 million energy-from-waste treatment plant in the state.
World-leading German waste-to-energy company REMONDIS is proposing to build the facility at Swanbank, south of Ipswich.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, welcomed the news and said it established Queensland as a major player in the waste‑to‑energy market.
“The proposed plant will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of baseload electricity for Queensland households and businesses,” Mr Dick said.
“This project could create up to 200 jobs during construction and some 70 jobs during operations.
“The introduction of our government’s waste levy provides a real incentive for projects like this, building a new industry as an alternative to landfill.”
Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said the 50 megawatts of baseload power the project could generate would be enough to power up to 50,000 homes, equivalent to a city similar in size to Cairns.
“This is an innovative renewable energy project that joins our $4.3 billion pipeline of renewable projects financially committed or under way,” Dr Lynham said.
“Queensland is on target for the Palaszczuk Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 target, in our managed transition to a renewable future.”
General manager for REMONDIS Queensland, Bret Collins, said the company had been encouraged by recent comments from governments across Australia that energy-to-waste technology could provide some relief to the challenges facing the waste management and recycling industry.
“REMONDIS has 24 years’ experience in building and operating world’s best-practice energy-to-waste technologies and is the second-largest operator of energy-from-waste plants in Europe,” Mr Collins said.
“Our 52 facilities recover energy from more than 4.2 million tonnes of waste per annum and we trade our own electricity into the European grid.
“There is an opportunity for Australia to benefit from REMONDIS’ global experience, and other successful European and UK facilities, and incorporate energy from waste as part of the solution to sustainable, best-practice waste management.”