Water Corporation gets energy recovery facility re-approved for Craigie

Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE Water Corporation has again had its application to construct and commission an energy recovery facility within the Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant approved.

The facility would use the biogas the Craigie plant creates to produce electrical power to meet a significant portion of the plant’s internal power and hot water requirements.

Water Corporation was previously granted a works approval for the same proposal in April 2014, which expired in April 2018.

However, no works started before the expiry date and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was not contacted before the date to extend the approval.

The newest application does not propose any changes and therefore a new assessment is not required.

The application was advertised on the department’s website for 21 days and no comments were received.

It was also referred to the City of Joondalup for comment, with no concerns raised.

The application was approved with the same conditions as previously imposed.

However the applicant requested six months to allow commissioning, rather than four, to ensure sufficient time.

The application will expire in January 2022.