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Community Consultation Sessions planned for the Pilbara Waste to Energy Project

6 August 2011

Published in the Pilbara Echo, 6-7 August 2011.

Residents will get the opportunity to fi nd out more about the proposed waste to energy plant planned for the Boodarie Industrial Estate at a series of open community information sessions to be held by New Energy Corporation on August 25.

General manager of New Energy Corporation, Mr Jason Pugh, said the sessions will be held at the Gratwick Hall, upstairs at the Port Hedland Civic Centre on McGregor Street, Port Hedland providing information about the project.

Three sessions will run from 10:30am – 12; 1:30pm- 3:30pm; and 5:30pm – 8pm.

"People are invited to turn up anytime during the three sessions," he said.

"We will have a group of New Energy staff here to talk to people one on one, go through plans and answer any questions they have about the proposal." The proposed project will take an Australian developed technology, which has been commercially proven overseas, and use it to recover energy from Pilbara waste – enough to power 15,000 homes in the region, explained Mr Pugh.

"We use waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfi ll and treat it to create renewable energy," he said.

"Not only will this assist in reducing our reliance on landfi ll in the region, but will also help to create a sustainable form of energy for local industry and households." The site, in Boodarie Industrial Estate, six kilometres south west of South Hedland, was chosen due to its location within the regional power generation industry precinct, proximity to transport routes, access to existing power infrastructure and distance from nearest residential land.

"We have been consulting for some time with the councils in the Pilbara region and the Department of State Development to work out the best location for the plant," Mr Pugh said.

Currently the project is in the process of environmental and planning approval, and Mr Pugh says New Energy is keen to engage the community from the very start.

"It is important that we have support from the local community before we commence construction and operation of the plant," he said.

We want to make sure people are involved in this process from the beginning and we get their input as we develop this exciting opportunity for the region." Construction of the plant is not expected to commence until the third quarter of 2012, once all approvals are in place.

More information about New Energy Corporation can be found by visiting www.newenergycorp.com.au, phoning 08 9226 0722 or emailing pilbara@newenergycorp.com.au

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