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Perth’s DiCOM AWT plant in voluntary administration

One of Australia’s most innovative AWTs, the DiCOM plant designed by AnaeCO in Perth, is in voluntary administration.

Contracted to treat was produced by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC), the DiCOM plant was retroactively fitted to a transfer station to treat MSW sourced from the WMRC region.

Now the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) has said the companies associated with the DiCOM AWT Plant known as Brockwaste, have been placed into voluntary administration.

“The WMRC understands that there will be no further work undertaken on the Brockwaste Facility at Shenton Park at this stage while the administrators, PPB Advisory, consider the options available for a potential restructuring of the business,” the Council group said in a statement.

“Since the Waste Supply Agreement between the WMRC and DiCOM commenced in 2007, the WMRC has worked in good faith with DiCOM and its technology, design and construction contractors, to progress a waste processing facility set to divert greater than 70% of household waste from landfill.”

“Despite significant commitment and patience on the WMRC’s part throughout this process, the Brockwaste facility has not been able to successfully be brought into production by DiCOM.

“Achieving good, sustainable environmental waste outcomes remains a priority for the WMRC and while this outcome is disappointing, the WMRC will continue to work towards proposing progressive alternative waste management options for the Member Councils.

“The WMRC will continue to provide waste management services to its member councils of Subiaco, Peppermint Grove, Mosman Park, Cottesloe and Claremont.

“A part of the funds received by the WMRC from member council ratepayers over past years have been kept in reserve pending commissioning of the Brockwaste Facility.

That reserve is still available to be applied to waste management in the region. The WMRC will now work constructively with the administrator.”

The announcement represents a sad end of what was a noble experiment in the recovery and treatment of MSW. Original design company AnaeCo remains in business and is focused on developing IP for the establishment resource recovery infrastructure.

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