T he Manjimup Biomass Power Station will provide 40MW of base load renewable energy to WA’s south west grid enough to power 50,000 homes.
It will generate electricity through burning residual waste in a steam turbine from plantation timber collected from pine and bluegum plantations in the Manjimup region.
The project will not use any native timber. The project’s approval from the Environmental Protection Authority only allows the power station to use plantation timber.
It will be the largest biomass power station in Australia and the only one using residual waste from plantation timber forests.
The energy produced by the Power Station is classified as renewable under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, as its fuel is sourced from established plantations that can be replanted and replenished. The power station provides a positive contribution to mitigating climate change through moving away from burning fossil fuels to using renewable power generation. Over its life, the project will reduce CO2 emissions by 6 million tonnes.