PILBARA WASTE TO GENERATE UP TO 18.5MW OF ELECTRICITY

A $200 million Pilbara waste gasification project is gaining momentum with commitments received from local council.

Western Australian firm New Energy Corporation plans to build the waste energy project at Port Hedland.

If completed, the Pilbara plant would be capable of processing up to 130,000 tonnes of waste annually.

New Energy has received an agreement from the Town of Port Hedland to use a sizeable portion of its waste to generate up to 18.5MW of electricity.

New Energy Corporation general manager Jason Pugh told Business News the agreement with the Town of Port Hedland meant waste supply levels required to begin the project were close to critical mass.

The company is currently negotiating the sourcing of extra waste supplies with other nearby councils.

New Energy is the proponent of another proposed waste gassification plant at Rockingham.

In June, the company received approval for the Rockingham plant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Port Hedland plant would be similar in size and capacity to the $160 million Rockingham site.