Landfill Operations Pty Ltd - a wholly owned subsidiary of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd - operate an existing biogas power station using landfill gas collected from the Melbourne Regional Landfill at 714 Christies Rd, Ravenhall, VIC 3023.

The existing power station facility uses landfill gas collected from the existing Melbourne Landfill to produce electrical power. The proposed application is to double the capacity, with a second power station.

A short brief Application Summary and the full application can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents’ section of this page.

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


Latest update: works approval reissued

EPA has issued an amended works approval for the Landfill Operations P/L biogas facility project at the Melbourne Regional Landfill. The amended approval has been issued in accordance with VCAT orders following a negotiated agreement between Landfill Operations and EPA.

The updated works approval does not change the overall nature or intent of the original but makes minor adjustments to the wording of two of the conditions of the approval. Landfill Operations will need to comply with the requirements of this approval in constructing the facility and will require an EPA licence for its operation.

View the amended works approval in the ‘Supporting documents’ section of this page.

Previous updates

Following EPA's issue of a works approval to Landfill Operations P/L, an application for review of the decision was lodged with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

EPA notes the VCAT hearing process is established and controlled by VCAT – EPA does not set timeframes or requirements for VCAT reviews.

On 16 September, EPA issued a works approval subject to conditions for Landfill Operations Pty Ltd to progressively install a second biogas facility at its Melbourne Regional Landfill (MRL). The approval allows for:

  • a doubling of capacity to EPA destroy landfill gas collected from the existing MRL, with a second identical facility to its existing biogas facility
  • installation of eight 1.15MW biogas engines
  • generation of approximately 68,600MWh of electrical power per year

As part of the conditions of the works approval, Landfill Operations is required to follow the following conditions:

  • minimum stack heights and requirements that the outlet of the stacks are designed to allow free vertical discharge of exhaust gases; and
  • installation of a device capable of accurately measuring and recording the methane destruction and stack emissions on one of the eight engine stacks.

EPA did not receive any submissions during the public comment period.

The works approval and assessment summary is available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed at VCAT by applying in writing within 21 days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT.

Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal. A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

Submissions on this works approval are now closed. EPA did not receive any submissions from members of the public.

What does the application propose?

Landfill Operations propose to double the capacity of their existing landfill biogas power station facility at the Melbourne Regional Landfill. The proposal is to install a further eight 1.115 MW biogas engines to destroy the landfill gas.

The gas would be collected from the existing landfill cells and generate approximately 68,600MWh of electrical power per year.

The proposed facility would be located 25m east of the existing facility close to the existing grid connection. The works will be completed in stages, with the final power output from the existing adjacent and now proposed power stations being 18.4MW.

A short video providing further information on the works approval application prepared by the Landfill Operations is available for viewing below.

Cleanaway MRL Biogas Plant Expansion