Eastern Creek plant generates power from building waste

A $700 million plant that can generate electricity from building waste for more than 200,000 homes has been proposed for Eastern Creek.

It is on a six-hectare site next to Genesis Xero waste disposal and recycling centre at Honeycomb Drive.

The Next Generation (TNG) NSW company is headed by Ian Malouf who is also the owner of Genesis Xero, and is committed to a sustainable waste and energy future.

The centre is the first of its kind in NSW and will eradicate the need for another landfill in metropolitan Sydney for up to 30 years.

TNG plant is based on generation plants that have been in operation across Europe and the United Kingdom for many years.

A spokesman said it would create about 70 new direct jobs and thousands in indirect jobs when opened in 2016.

‘‘Our power station does not belch plumes into the air and generally is not even recognisable as power stations,’’ he said.

‘‘The nearby Genesis recycling facility is estimated to generate 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (equivalent) per year.

‘‘Using waste that cannot be recycled from Genesis to power electricity our plant will divert about one million tonnes of waste away from landfill per year.

‘‘A plant of this kind would generate 140MW of  ‘green’ electricity which is enough energy to power over 200,000 homes.’’

He said the extra power generated would be fed back into the NSW grid to power surrounding businesses and facilitate the development of new businesses.

The company TNG NSW has commissioned an Environmental Impact Statement which will include technical studies to assist in assessing the facility.

The EIS will be lodged with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for review in early to mid-2014 with a public exhibition period later in the year.

The company has started holding community consultations.

Residents and community groups can contact its community relations team on 1800252040 (during business hours) or they can email info@tngnsw.com.au or write to us at PO Box 1040 Mascot 1460.

Further information can be seen on its website - www.tngnsw.com.au/.

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