East Perth Gas Works

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East Perth Gas Works and Burswood, c.1935
Viewed from the river, c.1933

East Perth Gas Works was built in 1922 for the Perth City Council to produce town gas from coal, supplying the city of Perth in Western Australia.[1] It could initially supply 1,000,000 cubic feet of gas per day.[2]

It was built on the site of the earlier 1886 Perth Gas Company plant.[3]

The works was situated on the north bank of Claise Brook and operated until its decommissioning in 1971. It was dismantled over a number of years, and the landmark 20-sided gasometer known as the "No. 2 Cityholder" was removed in 1985.[4]

As a result of the processes in its operation, land surrounding the works was badly contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). From the mid-1980s, a major environmental remediation project on behalf of the State Energy Commission of Western Australia, which owned the land, was undertaken to remove the contaminated soils created by the works.[5] Remediation included dredging of six hectares of adjacent riverbeds and removal and treatment of 10,000 m³ of soil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PERTH'S NEW GAS PLANT". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 16 August 1923. p. 21. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "NEW GAS PLANT". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 9 April 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ New gas plant. Description of new Perth City Council gas plant at East Perth, built on site of original 1886 Perth Gas Company.in Builder and engineering register, vol. 2, no. 16 (May 1924), p.25-26
  4. ^ "East Perth Gasworks – history of the 20-sided towering gas holder used from 1929–1985 (known as No.2 Cityholder)". State Library Of WA. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Contamination Management Strategy for East Perth Gasworks Site" (PDF). Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia. October 1992. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2012.