Our Power Stations

Landfill sites produce large volumes of methane gas from the decomposition of organic matter (Biomass) contained within the landfill. Methane gas trapped below ground in landfill sites can be produced for a period of up to 50 years and commercially extracted for 15 to 20 years, post closure of the landfill operations.

Landfill Gas & Power Pty Ltd (LGP) manages the gas emissions from six landfill sites within the Perth metropolitan area in Western Australia, and operates two landfill gas-energy power stations located adjacent to these landfill sites. The power stations are located at Red Hill and Tamala Park.

LGP’s day to day operations are managed and overseen at the company’s head office and workshop in Belmont, Western Australia, some 6kms east of the Perth CBD. This is also where the company’s power stations are closely monitored via modern communications, giving full and instant remote control over the operations at each station.

The engineered landfill gas extraction systems at the landfill sites meets the Department of Environment Regulation landfill gas emission requirements of two major regional local government authorities – the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, and the Mindarie Regional Council – and the municipalities of Canning Vale, Melville and Wanneroo.

The company is registered with the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) for the creation of Renewable Energy Certificates from electricity created at two of its power stations, Red Hill and Tamala Park.

The History of LGP’s Landfills & Power Stations

Red Hill

Red Hill

Status: Active Gas Extraction 4.00MW generation capacity.

LGP commissioned its first power station at Red Hill in July 1993, with an original installed capacity of 2.65MW. The Red Hill facility is located in the Darling Scarp, 25km’s north east of the Perth CBD.

In 2007, Red Hill underwent an expansion and refurbishment program, which included the upgrade of all engine controls and high voltage protection, and the interaction with the local 22kV grid. The new installed capacity of the site is 4.0MW.

The landfill is operated by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, with a population draw of some 350,000 people.


Gas Extraction: Active & flared
Current installed generation capacity: 1.3MW.

Melville Landfill Status:
Closed 1998
Gas Extraction: Depleted

In March 1995, LGP commissioned its third power station at Canning Vale/Melville, with an installed capacity of 4MW. This project combines the gases extracted from two separate landfills operated by the Cities of Canning and Melville. The Power Station is located on land adjoining the Canning Landfill, with gas drawn from the Melville Landfill through a pipeline some 2.5 kilometres long.


Kalamunda

Kalamunda

Status: Brand Road Landfill: Closed 1996
Gas Extraction: Depleted
Dawson Ave Landfill:
Closed 1996
Gas Extraction: Active & flared

The former Kalamunda landfill gas to energy power station was built on a modular design using acoustic modules designed and constructed in-house.  The station drew gas from both the Brand Road and Dawson Avenue closed landfill sites operated by the Shire of Kalamunda.  Initially built with 2MW installed capacity, its final operating capacity was 0.65MW at decommissioning in July 2010. Residual landfill gas generated from  landfill is destroyed by a flare, which is able to monitor gas flows and the composition of the gas. The site now contains a standby 1.3MW diesel generator.


Tamala Park

Tamala Park

Status: Gas Extraction: Active  5.00MW generation capacity

The most recent power station, LGP’s fifth and largest, was brought into operation at Tamala Park in January 2004. Tamala Park’s current installed capacity is 5MW and it is Western Australia’s largest landfill and Waste-to-Energy project. The landfill is operated by the Mindarie Regional Council, with a population draw of some 500,000 people and is considered to be the sixth largest landfill in Australia.