Spanish renewable energy company Acciona is set to build a new thermal Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Western Australia, intended to generate renewable energy, as well as reduce landfill.

Located in the Kwinana Industrial Area in Perth, the WtE plant is reported to be the first of its kind in Australia and will be built with an investment of $700m.

The plant will be designed to process up to 400,000t of waste on an annual basis and supply 36MW of electricity to the grid that will be sufficient to power nearly 50,000 households in the region.

“The plant will be designed to process up to 400,000t of waste on an annual basis and supply 36MW of electricity to the grid.”

For this project, Acciona will serve as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for project developer Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Joint Venture.

Acciona Geotech managing director Bede Noonan said: “This is a landmark project for WA and our country as a whole. Waste to Energy is an underexploited technology in Australia, and it’s great to see Phoenix Energy, with the support of Macquarie Capital, developing the first large-scale plant here.

“We will bring the best of our local and global knowledge to the construction, and are working with some great partners who also have highly specialised skills.”

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The company intends to begin the construction works this month, which is expected to create more than 800 jobs during the construction phase and nearly 60 jobs in the operation and maintenance phase.