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Phoenix Energy moves to public environmental review

WA's Phoenix Energy has put its energy recovery plant proposal forward for public environmental review.

The public environmental review is one of the final stages of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Once the EIA is complete and assuming it gets accepted, Phoenix Energy will be free to begin construction on the plant.

The public environmental review is another step forward for the Phoenix proposal, which is one of the most advanced and Australia's largest energy recovery proposal. It's the second piece of good news for the company, which recently won a major supply agreement with the City of Kwinana.

The supply agreement gives the facility the feedstock it needs to run its proposed capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year (creating 80MW of thermal energy). When completed the plant will supply 15% of the City of Kwinana's electrical needs via its kerbside resources.

Phoenix are also developing a combined heat and power extension for the plant with plans to sell the steam to a partner in the Kwinana industrial district.

While Phoenix Energy's plant is by far Australia's largest proposed energy recovery facility for secondary resources, it's much smaller than an average coal fired power station, which can burn millions of tonnes per year, while having lower emissions standards.

The Phoenix proposal intends to build its plant using the Martin Grate technology, providing a reference list showing there are more than 400 of these plants operating internationally, mostly in Europe.

Racing Phoenix Energy to build the nation's first energy recovery plant is colleague New Energy, which has two proposals in the pipeline. While New Energy's plants are smaller, they are at similar stages of development to Phoenix Energy's proposal.

In Australia, there are approximately 350MW of active proposals for energy recovery plants, and around 110MW installed.

The public environmental review runs until July 21.

Energy recovery plants are common in Europe, but Australia is yet to develop to the same level of environmental performance.