Overview

On 23 October 2019, EPA received a works approval application from Great Southern Waste Technologies Pty Ltd (GSWT).

The application proposes development of a waste-to-energy facility. The facility would process 100,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) and commercial and industrial waste (C&I) per year.

The proposed facility would be located at 70 Ordish Road, Dandenong South, VIC 3175.

A copy of the works approval application (number 1003592) can be viewed in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA publication 1523.2 EPA works approvals.


Latest updates

Statutory clock paused

On 18 June 2020, EPA issued GSWT with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 requesting additional information. The notice requires GSWT provide revised energy efficiency calculations in line with the European Union’s Best Available Techniques Conclusions (2019).

The statutory clock is currently paused until the information is supplied.

The s22 notice can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.



Previous updates

GSWT comments can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

EPA invited interested parties to comment on the new information.

Submissions closed 4 June 2020.

Public submissions are now available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

On 11 February 2020, EPA issued GSWT with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further technical and process information.

GSWT has provided its response to this notice and the information is now available under the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

EPA is now currently due to make its decision on the application by late June.

EPA hosted a community conference on 03 March to discuss public submissions about the application.

The conference was independently chaired. The chair prepared a conference report, including recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the works approval application.

The conference report is now available in the supporting documents section of this page.

EPA hosted a Section 20B community conference on 03 March to discuss public submissions about the application.

The purpose of the conference was to:

  • enable the EPA to listen to, and better understand, the views and concerns of the community and stakeholders,
  • help explain the works approval application, the assessment process and current status,
  • discuss ideas about possible conditions if the works approval is issued.

The conference was independently chaired.

The chair will prepare a conference report, including recommendations to EPA Victoria for consideration in its assessment of the works approval application.

Once prepared, the report will made available in the supporting documents section of this page.

Copies of the materials presented at the conference are available in the supporting documents section of this page.

GSWT have agreed to an extension of the assessment period under Section 67A of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The decision date is now 17 April 2020. This provides EPA more time to assess the works approval application.

EPA issued Great Southern Waste Technologies Pty Ltd (GSWT) with a notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further technical and process information by 02 March 2020. The section 22 notice can be found in the ‘Supporting documents’ section on this page.

Submissions are now closed for this works approval. There were 79 submissions made as well as 2 petitions containing numerous signatures. All submissions and petitions are now available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

GSWT hosted a drop-in information session on 11 December. The materials from the night are now available in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

What the application proposes

The plant is designed to deliver approximately 7.9 MW of electricity to the grid per year.

This will result in a greenhouse gas emissions net benefit of 142,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year as compared to landfilling.

The proposal facility utilises gasification technology developed by Energos Technology AS.

This technology has been chosen based on:

  • its long term performance against strict European emission limits
  • its reliable long term performance
  • a suite of operational reference plants in Europe.
The proposal is scheduled as A08 (waste to energy) and K01 (Power station).