Swanbank Waste to Energy Facility
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A $400 million waste to energy facility has been proposed to be built in Swanbank, 10km south-east of Ipswich in Queensland. The proposal was announced in late September 2018 by German waste management and resource recovery company, Remondis.
The proposed facility would convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.
The proposal follows a June 2018 announcement by the Queensland Government that a waste levy will be reintroduced in the State from early 2019 onwards. Waste levies are applied to the disposal of waste into landfill, as such the introduction of a waste levy will make alternatives to landfill disposal (including waste to energy) more commercially attractive.
In June 2020, the project was declared a Coordinated Project by the Queensland Government, which triggers the requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), after Remondis applied for the project status in December 2018. The Queensland Government is currently preparing the draft terms of reference for the EIS. As part of the EIS process, the proponent now has until late September to submit a stakeholder and community engagement plan to the Queensland Government for approval
Construction is scheduled to commence in 2024.
If the project receives environmental and planning approvals from the Queensland Government then construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2020.
Last reviewed: 05/08/2020