September 20 (Renewables Now) - The Australian unit of German recycling, service and water company Remondis is looking to develop a AUD-400-million (USD 291m/EUR 249m) waste-to-energy plant at its Swanbank landfill in Queensland.
The company said today it has informed the Queensland government of its plans to make an application to develop the project through the state's coordinated project process.
The plant would capture 300,000 to 500,000 tonnes of waste per year that cannot be recovered and recycled by other means to generate up to 50 MW of electricity, enough to power some 50,000 average homes.
The project does not rely on additional waste streams coming to the Swanbank landfill, according to the announcement.
Bret Collins, general manager QLD operations and business development at Remondis Australia, said the company has been encouraged by recent comments from governments across Australia that the waste-to-energy technology could provide some relief to the challenges facing the waste management and recycling industry.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.727/EUR 0.622)