Australian Waste to Energy market - What's next and some lessons learned

Australia's thermal Waste to Energy (WtE) market took a giant leap forward in October, with the Kwinana WtE project reaching financial close. Strong growth of the Australian WtE market is anticipated, making now an opportune time to take a look at the upcoming pipeline of WtE projects and consider some issues that may be helpful for developers to keep in mind for their projects.

The WtE pipeline

While the Kwinana project is the first WtE project to reach financial close in Australia, several other thermal WtE projects are currently in various stages of development and procurement across Australia. These include:

  • Australian Paper Project;
  • East Rockingham Project;
  • Swanbank Energy from Waste Facility; and
  • Ballarat Waste to Energy Project.

Research indicates that there is capacity in the Australian market for up to 25 thermal WtE plants and, with both federal and state governments willing to support WtE projects, there is plenty of room for project proponents to play in.

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