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    Veolia Indirect Thermal Desorption Unit

    Located in Melbourne’s west at Veolia’s Brooklyn Waste Terminal, Beever was tasked with constructing and installing the Indirect Thermal Desorption Unit (ITDU), the first of its kind in Veolia.

    The $15 Million Project involved the design and construction of extensions to an existing building, and the new ITDU Building, mechanical services and a chiller plant. Additional upgrades included a new HV kiosk, gas main and pneumatics.

    Beever’s scope of works here involved the design & manufacture of all site interfaces, civil works, structural works, mechanical & electrical works through to installation.

    This included the demolition of an existing building followed by the earthworks, foundation piles, preparation, supply and erection of the new ITDU building and west sludge shed extension. The installation required an upgrade of the existing site infrastructure, including the Jemena HV Substation upgrade and the supply of HV cabling to the new plant.

    The pre-fabricated plant, supplied by Econ Industries in Germany, arrived in 45 individual containers. The installation involved a 14-week long major turnaround that required the transportation, unpacking and assembly of the plant.

    Thermal desorption is an advanced treatment which facilitates the chemical stabilisation of Prescribed Industrial Waste (PIW). This process utilises heat to increase the volatility of contaminants so that they can be separated from other materials, resulting in an uncontaminated material suitable for reuse.

    The facility currently accepts approximately 45 million litres of liquid, solid and packaged waste annually, producing around 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of solid PIW.

    General information

    Location: Brooklyn, Victoria

    Contract Type: Principal Contractor, design & construction 

    Completion date: 2015

    Project Value: AU$15M


    • The installation of the ITDU has resulted in the diversion of contaminants from landfill waste to beneficial reuse
    • Efficiently treats a variety of hazardous waste streams
    • Ensures long-term positive health outcomes for people and the environment


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