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Attending the launch of the Energy to Waste feasibility report are Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Australian Paper Chief Executive Officer Yasu Murakami and Latrobe City Council Chief Executive Officer Steve Piasente.

Energy from Waste

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Attending the launch of the Energy to Waste feasibility report are Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Australian Paper Chief Executive Officer Yasu Murakami and Latrobe City Council Chief Executive Officer Steve Piasente.

Australian Paper releases energy plant feasibility study

A feasibility study into a Energy from Waste plant at the Maryvale Mill has been released by Australian Paper and its joint partner Suez.

The next step on the five-year path to fruition is gaining environmental approval.

The Member for Gippsland Darren Chester describes it as “the most exciting job creating-proposal in the Latrobe Valley for decades.”

Mr Chester spoke at yesterday’s launch of the feasibility study which he says can help solve Melbourne’s waste disposal problems, while creating a long-term energy solution for the mill which currently employs more than 800 people.

“The three most important issues in the Latrobe Valley today are jobs, jobs, jobs,” Mr Chester told the launch in Melbourne.

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“The Latrobe Valley has a rich and proud history of powering our state but we also have a great future.

“We need to build on our traditional strengths while also securing new job opportunities through innovation and investment in new technologies.

“The feasibility study released by Australian Paper is another step forward in the project that will take up to five years to bring to fruition, if it passes the necessary environmental approval processes.

“Energy from Waste is a proven technology around the world and I’m confident that we can develop the world’s best environmental practices to overcome any concerns and secure much needed employment in the Latrobe Valley.”

The feasibility study was a $7.5 million project jointly funded by the Federal Government, Victorian Government and Australian Paper to assess the potential for the Maryvale Mill to become a renewable energy plant. The plan takes into account both logistical efforts in terms of building and operating the plant and preliminary designs and cost estimates.

Mr Chester said he was keen to continue working across all levels of government to ensure Australian Paper and its joint partner Suez receives every opportunity to develop the project.

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