The Maryvale energy-from-waste (EfW) project, led by consortium partners Opal, Veolia, and Masdar Tribe Australia, has signed a $48.2 million grant agreement under the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).
The project received grand funding from the Australian Government as part of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy.
The Maryvale EfW facility will be the first of its kind in Australia to recover heat and power from residual non-recyclable municipal and commercial waste to provide partly renewable power for large-scale manufacturing.
Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Edward Nicholas, General Manager Masdar Tribe Australia, said that the grant demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting innovative, alternative energy sources for manufacturing.
“The funding support from the Commonwealth not only demonstrates the importance of this technology in providing a waste management solution to a whole-of-community problem, but it also accelerates our project towards completing the development phase and commencing construction,” said Nicholas.
The Maryvale EfW facility will provide councils and businesses with a waste management solution that will divert residual waste from landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Contracts will be offered on a waste arising basis, enabling councils to have the freedom to pursue future waste reduction initiatives without penalty.
“The social, environmental, and economic case to send non-recyclable waste to the Maryvale EfW facility is compelling,” said Nicholas.
The Maryvale EfW project is expected to attract investment capital of more than $600 million to the Latrobe Valley. It will create more than 500 jobs in Victoria and Gippsland during the construction phase, and support an estimated 450 Victorian jobs once operational, including direct and flow-on.