Switch-off for now on project

North West Telegraph - - NEWS - Robert Dougherty

Over­es­ti­mated landfill pro­jec­tions and strict time­lines are to blame for the Town of Port Hed­land mu­tu­ally ter­mi­nat­ing a lo­cal power project, Mayor Camilo Blanco says.

The agree­ment be­tween the ToPH and Waste 2 Gas to process the town’s landfill into elec­tric­ity through gasi­fi­ca­tion was ter­mi­nated last month.

“The agree­ment was de­vel­oped at the height of the boom and pro­jec­tions in rub­bish quan­ti­ties pro­duced by Port Hed­land were in­flated,” Mr Blanco said. “If we could not pro­duce the amount of rub­bish to sup­ply the plant we would then be pe­nalised, so fi­nan­cially it was not in the best in­ter­ests of Port Hed­land to move for­ward.

“The other is­sue was the agree­ment which had spe­cific time­lines where each party had to come up with mile­stones — New En­ergy had to have ac­cess to the grid to sell power.

“Ob­vi­ously there has been no ac­cess agree­ment.”

New En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Pugh said Hed­land could be wel­comed back to a now scaled-back fa­cil­ity es­ti­mated for com­ple­tion in 2020.

“If they had come to us and said ‘we don’t quite have that much, can we look at the vol­umes?’ we would have been happy to do that but we never had that dis­cus­sion,” he said. “Cer­tainly it’s some­thing we have tracked and the vol­ume of waste from the height of the boom has con­tracted sig­nif­i­cantly but be­tween the Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land there is still plenty.

“We are start­ing with one gasi­fier but it’s a mod­u­lar tech­nol­ogy and if they want to come back in we can cer­tainly look at ex­pand­ing the fa­cil­ity.”

Pic­ture: New En­ergy

An artist's im­pres­sion of the Hed­land waste to en­ergy and ma­te­ri­als re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity.

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