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Delorean awarded contract for Yarra Valley Water AD project

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Delorean Corporation (Delorean) has been awarded the contract for Yarra Valley Water’s second food waste-to-energy plant in Victoria, Australia.

Delorean’s Engineering Division will design, build, operate, and maintain the anaerobic digestion (AD) facility for Yarra Valley Water. The facility will be one of the largest of its kind in Victoria, diverting around 50,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year and generating 10,000 MWh of electricity.

The contract was awarded on the basis of a competitive tender with a total design and construction contract sum of AUS $45 million (€30.5 million). The contract includes a two-year agreement for operations and maintenance (and an option for digestate management) by Delorean with a value of AUS $7.3 million (€4.9 million).

“The awarding of this contract to Delorean represents another major milestone in the company’s rapid expansion and affirms Delorean’s leadership in the bioenergy infrastructure sector in Australia,” said Joe Oliver, managing director at Delorean.

“Securing a contract of this size is a great achievement by the Delorean team and affirms our capability to deliver in this growing market.”

The new Yarra Valley Lilydale facility will accept and process an average of 150 m3 per day of organic waste through AD. It will produce 1.25 MW of electricity and supply the adjacent sewage treatment plant, and the co-located Recycled Water Pump Station, with surplus energy exported to the grid.

Work has commenced on pre-site production and planning. Subject to the completion of planning, regulatory and ministerial approvals, the project will proceed with full construction starting later this year.

Bioenergy Insight recently spoke with Delorean Corporation about its projects in Australia and New Zealand, and its vision for AD.