18 Jan International Projects & Supply Deals
Phoenix Energy is about to begin preliminary ground works on Australia’s first waste to energy facility in Kwinana this month. Ground works will be laid for construction crews to start work on the major project in the second quarter. Phoenix and project co-sponsor, Macquarie Capital, have entered into exclusive negotiations with a consortium to design, construct and operate the facility, which will begin commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2021. The consortium includes Spanish infrastructure and renewable energy company Acciona and waste management and energy services company Veolia. The facility will cost $400 million and will be the first of its kind in Australia, processing 400,000 tonnes of waste a year and generating 40 MW of energy to the Perth area.
Waste management company Group Machiels wants to excavate millions of tonnes of waste from one of Europe’s largest landfills to feed waste-to-energy projects. The company is looking at ways to extract the waste from the Remo site using “enhanced landfill mining”. The company wants to create a business model to turn landfills into the parks and housing developments of the future. The Remo site will use plasma technology. Remo contains 18 million tonnes of waste. Half will be recovered for energy production and half for building materials. Machiels owns landfills in Chile and will look to do the same there if successful in Belgium.
Hong Kong has awarded $4bn contracts for its first integrated waste management facility which will be built on a reclaimed island off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau. The contracts were awarded to Keppel Seghers and its Chinese partner Zhen Hu, for the design, building and operation of the plant to the south of Lantau Island. The landmark project is Hong Kong’s first integrated facility for municipal solid waste. The total volume of waste treated at the facility will be reduced by more than 90%. It will be contracted to treat about 3,000 tonnes per day of mixed municipal solid waste and will produce up to 480 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
The European Commission has agreed to fund a combined heat and power plant in Vilnius, Lithuania. The plant will produce electricity and heat out of biomass and municipal waste. The Commission said the plant will help diversify the Lithuanian capital’s energy sources and support the transition towards a circular economy. The plant will benefit from €139 million from the Cohesion Fund and a €190 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). €48.5 million will be used for the municipal waste-to-energy facility.
State-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company has tendered for a consultant to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study to build the country’s first waste-to-energy project. The plant’s capacity will be decided at a later date. The winning consultant will act as a technical advisor to prepare the tender document to select an independent producer. Be’ah will provide municipal solid waste from landfills.
A two-day judicial review of Bradford Council’s decision to permit a waste to energy facility will take place this week. The £150 million facility is proposed next to the Aire Valley Bypass near Keighley. The review is being held because of a campaign being waged by the Aire Valley Against Incineration Group (AVAI). It could take several weeks for the judge to make a decision.