$17m pumped into new en­ergy fa­cil­ity

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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