$17m pumped into new energy facility
Toxfree has committed $17 million to the development of a new waste to energy facility in Karratha.
The site will be used for processing waste such as drilling mud, oily sludge, solvents, dewatered mud and oily adsorbents and filters.
Two plants, one using indirect heat and the other a thermal destruction unit, will work in tandem to produce energy for heating and cooling, and with the addition of a suitable generator, will allow Toxfree to produce the energy needed to power the site.
Toxfree general manager for innovation Frank Klostermann said independent environmental consultants Golder Associates would undertake air and noise modelling and a health impact assessment
“We are excited by the benefits of this proposed facility and the opportunity to bring the world’s best available technology to Karratha to treat local waste streams,” he said.
“The primary purpose of introducing waste to energy is to achieve a greater benefit for the environment and local community. By eliminating the need for road transport of hazardous waste, reducing the volume of waste to landfill and producing electricity, we will provide our operations with an enhanced environmental benefit.”
Benefits of the project include creation of new jobs and expansion of the indigenous traineeship program.
Toxfree has estimated the site will reduce vehicle movements by 200 trucks a year, reduce road transport of waste by 300,000km a year and divert about 24,000 tonnes of treated waste from landfill.