SIRRL lodges application for Resource Consent

Media Release
Embargoed until 0500, Thursday 22 September 2022

South Island Resource Recovery Limited (SIRRL), the joint venture company proposing to build an Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plant near Waimate in South Canterbury, known as Project Kea, has lodged its consent application with Environment Canterbury (ECan) and Waimate District Council (WDC).

In their application, SIRRL formally asked ECan and WDC to publicly notify the consent application.  Following ECan’s initial assessment processes, the consent application will be made available to the public by ECan on their website at

SIRRL Director Paul Taylor said that the starting point for Project Kea was researching Energy-from-Waste plants around the world to understand what would best meet Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique environmental conditions. 

“During that research SIRRL identified what was the best operating practice and the best technology available.  We then sought advice from leading experts in their respective fields to undertake extensive reports on the impact of such a project on local communities, its benefit to Aotearoa New Zealand, and as a producer of alternative power sources for local industries,” says Paul. 

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