£8m investment as O.C.O Technology joins Australian Energy from Waste project
UK carbon capture specialist O.C.O Technology
is set to invest £8 million (over A$14 million) to integrate its Accelerated
Carbonation Technology (ACT) processes at the Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW)
site in the Australian state of Victoria.
The move follows hot on the heels of O.C.O’s
decision to set up an Australian operation – O.C.O Technology (Pty) – with the
aim of being seen as the partner of choice for the developing EfW sector across
O.C.O Managing Director, Steve Greig, signed
the investment agreement following the recent Waste Expo Australia, held in
Melbourne. It sees O.C.O become a Collaboration Partner with the Maryvale
Energy from Waste consortium building the Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW)
facility in Victoria, the first of its kind in the state.
The project will see O.C.O own, build and
manage a purpose-built ACT facility immediately adjacent to the Maryvale EfW operation.
By treating the site’s Flue Gas Treatment residues (FGTr) with carbon dioxide,
the ACT process permanently captures the carbon dioxide and creates
Manufactured Limestone (M-LS), widely-recognised as the world’s first carbon
negative aggregate. Now highly sought-after as a sustainable building product,
it is expected to be sold into the Victorian construction sector.
Using the innovative technology will enable the
Maryvale EfW to target 99 per cent landfill diversion and also highlights the
principles of the circular economy, making both facilities a showcase for
Australian recycling and clean energy projects.
Steve Greig said: “This will be a real
milestone for us and we are both proud and excited to be connected with the
“Because the ACT process permanently captures more carbon
dioxide than is used in the manufacture of our aggregates, the M-LS is truly carbon negative.
This will ensure that the new facility fully fits into the circular economy,
provides diversion from landfill and helps to de-carbonise Victoria’s
On a wider note, Mr Greig added: “We see this
partnership as a real starting point for us to be able to roll out our
technology across the expanding Australian EfW market. There is now increased
recognition around the opportunities to use EfWs to generate green electricity
and divert waste from landfill.
“When you add in O.C.O’s ability to permanently
capture carbon dioxide and the fact we are producing sustainable building
materials, the offering makes real sense and that’s why our ambition is to be
seen as the partner of choice for Australia’s EfW sector.”
In the last 10 years in the UK, O.C.O has
diverted over 750,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and provided well over two
million tonnes of aggregate into the masonry and construction market,
permanently capturing over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Mr David Jettner,
General Manager Opal Corporate Development & Strategic Projects, said that the Maryvale EfW project had achieved another notable first
“EfW facilities are a proven and reliable solution that derive valuable energy from non-recyclable residual waste”, said Mr Jettner. “Consistent with our best practice approach, the processing and recycling of ash residues to achieve 99 per cent landfill diversion is now within reach for Victoria. We are delighted to bring O.C.O Technology’s innovative world-class solution to Victoria.”
Construction on the new Maryvale EfW facility is expected to begin in 2023 with the site operational by 2026.