The South Australian Government has awarded the tender to develop the Gillman industrial precinct which will include a waste-to-energy facility and Adelaide’s largest solar farm.

Global resource management company Veolia Group has been chosen following the expressions of interest process.

Veolia’s proposal will see it initially purchase 20 hectares of land at Gillman, with future options to purchase a further 182 hectares over a five year period.

The sale price equates to $5 million for the 20 hectares, with Veolia’s offer of $7 million contingent on Renewal SA funding $2 million of infrastructure works.

The Veolia proposal will see the development of an environmentally efficient logistics and employment precinct at Gillman, including Veolia’s new South Australian head office, a nation leading energy from waste facility and metropolitan Adelaide’s largest solar farm.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Stephen Mullighan, said, “The Gillman land is a strategically important site which has the potential to generate significant investment and employment due to its size, proximity to Port Adelaide and nearby industries, and its ability to accommodate 24-hour industries.

“Veolia’s vision to transform the Gillman land into a showcase site for waste management and renewable energy production and sustainable cities is a great opportunity for South Australia.

“Its proposal is good for jobs, for renewable energy and for waste management, and a win for South Australia as we continue leading the way in sustainable resource management and energy generation.”

Veolia group was chosen based on a number of factors including strongest development vision, strongest experience, expertise and financial capacity.

Veolia Australia and New Zealand Executive General Manager (Western Central Australia and New Zealand), Laurie Kozlovic, said, “This project is a further commitment to our ongoing investment in South Australia and to helping make this state a global leader in environmental best practice.

“We are looking to consolidate and modernise our operations into one efficient and centrally located headquarters, close to transport hubs and near our waste recovery facility at Wingfield, run with our subsidiary, Integrated Waste Services.

“Our ability to fill the land at Gillman through our own resources means we have a cost-effective resolution to one of the land’s biggest development challenges.

“This will enable us to make parcels of land more attractive to third parties in the proposed industrial park as there will be a lower development risk for them.

“We have already received strong indications of interest from businesses that require sizeable parcels of land near transport and energy hubs, including those involved in transport, landscape supplies, food processing and food distribution.”

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