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New equity partners join Maryvale Energy-from-Waste project

In Australia, Opal Australian Paper (OpalANZ), part of Nippon Paper Group, and SUEZ Australia and New Zealand have announced that Masdar and Tribe have joined as additional equity partners for the development of the Maryvale Energy-from-Waste (EfW) project planned at the Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria (VIC). Furthermore, the partners have selected infrastructure engineering and construction major ACCIONA as the construction partner.

Opal Australian Paper (OpalANZ), part of Nippon Paper Group, and SUEZ Australia and New Zealand have announced that Masdar and Tribe have joined as additional equity partners for the development of the Maryvale Energy-from-Waste (EfW) project planned at the Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria (VIC). Furthermore, the partners have selected infrastructure engineering and construction major ACCIONA as the construction partner (image courtesy OpalANZ).

The Maryvale EfW combined heat and power (CHP) facility is planned to be located adjacent to Opal Australian Paper’s Maryvale pulp and paper mill which is already one of the largest renewable energy generators and consumers in the state.

Masdar is proud to help advance Australia’s efforts to manage its waste sustainably while delivering cleaner sources of electricity for its citizens. It is a pleasure to join SUEZ and Opal Australian Paper as partners in this landmark project in Victoria, together with Tribe and ACCIONA. We look forward to leveraging our experience from similar projects such as East Rockingham Waste to Energy in Western Australia and the Sharjah Waste to Energy facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  to contribute to the successful development of the Maryvale project, said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.

Two-stage project

To be built in two stages, the planned 224 MWth EfW plant at Maryvale would process a total of 650 000 tonnes per annum of municipal, commercial and industrial waste to generate steam for the mill and a 70 MWe turbine.

Fully implemented, the project will assist Australian Paper in its commitment to managing waste responsibly and ensure future sustainability and reliability in energy production.

We are thrilled to partner with Opal Australian Paper, SUEZ, Masdar, and Tribe to deliver a sustainable infrastructure solution for Victoria that also provides a significant job boost to the region. ACCIONA has a strong track record in sustainability and this project will complement our current waste to energy portfolio in Australia with investments at Kwinana and Rockingham, said Bede Noonan, ACCIONA’s CEO in Australia & New Zealand.

First stage underway

The facility will initially comprise one 112 MWth processing line, providing a commercially efficient waste management solution for regional and metropolitan councils.

The project will be delivered in time to address the pending closure of south-east Melbourne’s main landfill and a second line could be added in the future to cater to the infrastructure requirements of Victoria’s growing population.

The Maryvale EfW facility will divert approximately 325 000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill and reuse it to generate steam and electricity to replace natural gas and coal-fired electricity. SUEZ Australia and New Zealand have committed 150 000 tonnes per annum of commercial and industrial waste.

We are delighted to partner with Masdar, Tribe, and ACCIONA. Securing their global expertise in developing EfW projects complements the proven SUEZ track record of operating 55 EfW facilities globally. The creation of this consortium is a major step forward in bringing the Maryvale EfW Project to fruition, said Mark Venhoek, CEO, SUEZ Australia and New Zealand.

Reduce emissions and free up energy capacity

The facility is aligned with Victoria’s circular economy policy and is expected to deliver significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It will provide councils and industry with a meaningful alternative to landfills while meeting Victoria’s stringent emissions standards.

We are excited to reach this new stage for the Maryvale EfW Project. This efficient state-of-the-art recovery facility will help to secure Maryvale Mill’s future energy needs, generate valuable jobs for the Latrobe Valley region and create essential waste management infrastructure for Victoria, said David Jettner, General Manager Corporate Development & Strategic Projects, Opal.

The project will reduce Victoria’s GHG emissions by more than 270 000 tonnes per annum. The net energy benefit from displacing the Maryvale Mill’s current energy demand to Victoria’s energy network will result in enough gas and electricity to power over 50 000 homes.

Construction of the Maryvale EfW facility is expected to commence in late 2021, with completion expected by early 2025. The project will require an investment of around AU$500 million, supporting the economic recovery of Victoria and the Gippsland region.

It is expected to deliver more than 500 jobs in Victoria and the Gippsland region during the three-year construction phase and additional regional jobs ongoing.

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