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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
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Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 14 November 2002:

(1) What are the basis and criteria upon which TEST Energy's proposed Brighton incinerator in Tasmania qualified for major project facilitation (MPF) status in October 2002.

(2) Is documentation concerning the MPF status of the incinerator proposal public information; if so can a copy of the documentation be provided; if not, why not.

(3) Is the incineration of residual plastics considered a renewable source of energy.


Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) MPF status was granted to the Brighton Waste to Energy Project proposed by TEST Energy Limited on the basis that the project met the relevant criteria:

· Involves capital investment in excess of $50 million;

· Requires Commonwealth approvals in order to proceed; and

· Has sufficient financial resources to complete approvals processes and demonstrated reasonable commercial viability.

(2) The documents relating to the Project's assessment for MPF are not public information as they are classified as Commercial-in-Confidence.

(3) Waste is to be sorted to separate recoverable glass, plastic, metal and paper prior to delivery to the plant. The plant will employ state-of-the-art emission control technology conforming to European standards, among the highest in the world. The combustion of municipal solid waste has been accepted as a source of renewable energy under the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act.