BMT boost for Kwinana

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ONE of the world’s lead­ing com­pa­nies in the treat­ment of mer­cury-con­tam­i­nated waste, BMT Mer­cury Tech­nol­ogy, has an­nounced plans to build a plant in Kwinana to ser­vice the oil and gas in­dus­try.

BMT gen­eral man­ager Ocea­nia Karen Boyce said a num­ber of its ex­ist­ing multi­na­tional oil and gas clients had re­quested BMT’s ex­pan­sion to Aus­tralia.

“The safe treat­ment of mer­cury, which is brought to the sur­face dur­ing field de­vel­op­ment in the oil and gas sec­tor is crit­i­cal to the en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity of this vi­tal in­dus­try,” she said.

“There are no treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia so this byprod­uct has ei­ther been sit­ting in tem­po­rary stor­age or shipped across the world for treat­ment as in­dus­try has tried to find a do­mes­tic so­lu­tion. Now BMT will be able to pro­vide a safer so­lu­tion.”

BMT es­ti­mates that 1000 tonnes of mer­cury con­tam­i­nated waste would be treated ev­ery year.

“We are close to fi­nal­is­ing a joint ven­ture to build its fa­cil­ity in Kwinana,” Ms Boyce said.

Con­struc­tion is set to com­mence in mid-2017 and con­clude in mid-2018.

BMT ex­pects that 30 peo­ple will be re­quired dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity.

Once in op­er­a­tion, eight peo­ple will be em­ployed in op­er­a­tions and ad­min­is­tra­tion to run the plant.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the pro­posal had not yet been brought to the City for con­sid­er­a­tion.

“If and when this time comes we would work with the ap­pli­cant and the State Govern­ment to as­sess the mer­its of the pro­posal,” she said.

“The City is pleased the Kwinana In­dus­trial Area (KIA) has at­tracted a sig­nif­i­cant in­vestor. How­ever, the ap­pli­ca­tion needs to go through the var­i­ous lo­cal and state plan­ning and en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals be­fore it can pro­ceed.”

Kwinana In­dus­tries Coun­cil direc­tor Chris Oughton wel­comed BMT’s an­nounce­ment.

“The KIA is the world’s best ex­am­ple of in­dus­tries ex­chang­ing prod­ucts and wastes to in­cor­po­rate into their pro­cesses,” Mr Oughton said.

“BMT adds to this and the more of this that hap­pens, the bet­ter off the whole in­dus­trial area be­comes. New en­trants signal to the world that the KIA is a good place to set up new in­dus­tries.”

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