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Acciona appointed to lead construction of East Rockingham EfW facility

Acciona has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build an energy from waste (EfW) plant in Western Australia.

The consortium developing the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility appointed Acciona to deliver the project in partnership with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI).

The development consortium of New Energy Corporation, Tribe Infrastructure Group and HZI was established in 2016 and has since won a series of competitive tenders for long-term contracts with local and regional government authorities in the Perth metropolitan area.

The project encompasses the design, construction, financing and operation of a greenfield EfW facility in the Rockingham Industry Zone – 40km south of Perth.

The new facility is expected to recover resources from about 300,000 tonnes per year of residual waste from municipal, commercial and industrial sources and up to 30,000 tonnes per year of biosolids.

It is expected to generate about 29MW of reliable renewable energy – enough to power more than 36,000 homes.

With the appointment of Acciona confirmed, construction will commence on site in the fourth quarter of 2019.

During the construction phase, more than 300 new jobs will be created. The operation and maintenance phase will create about 50 new permanent positions.

The project builds on Acciona’s long-term investment in Australia and will be delivered through a combination of the company’s domestic and international knowhow.

Acciona Geotech managing director, Bede Noonan, said this is a landmark project for Western Australia and the country as a whole.

New Energy chairman, Enzo Gullotti, said with Acciona leading the construction, the final piece of the puzzle has been secured.

“This project is well aligned with Western Australia’s recently released Waste Strategy, supporting kerbside organics separation and helping make possible the aggressive landfill diversion targets for the Perth region.

“We also look forward to rewarding the bold leadership of Perth’s local government authorities, namely the EMRC and the City of Cockburn. They’ve taken action for sustainable, reliable and affordable waste management practices, and in so doing are making Western Australia the nation’s circular economy leader,” Gullotti said.