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East Rockingham EfW plant construction on track for early 2020

The start of construction activities on the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility will take place in early 2020, following the successful financial close of the Energy from Waste (EfW) project.

The consortium developing the facility has announced the successful financial close of the project, located in Western Australia, in late December 2019.

The announcement is a milestone in the development of EfW in Australia with financing of the $511m project supported by an $18m grant from ARENA and $57.5m subordinated debt from the CEFC, alongside a mix of Australian and International lenders. Investors and developers include New Energy Corporation, Tribe Infrastructure Group, SUEZ, John Laing, Hitachi Zosen Inova and ACCIONA.

The new facility, to be located in the Rockingham Industry Zone 40 kilometres south of Perth, will treat about 300,000 tonnes per year of residual waste from municipal, commercial and industrial sources.

The EfW facility will generate about 29MW of reliable renewable energy – enough to power more than 36,000 homes.

SUEZ Australia and New Zealand CEO Mark Venhoek said the project demonstrates SUEZ’s commitment to develop EfW in Australia while growing a global portfolio of 55 EfW facilities.

“The project is SUEZ’s first EfW development in Australia and we are very pleased to become a partner in this landmark transaction. EfW is currently the missing link in Australia’s waste management hierarchy and will play a key role as we move towards a circular economy.

“The project will significantly accelerate the improvement of waste treatment practices in the Perth region as well as reducing their environmental footprint,” Venhoek said.

The plant will also recover about 73,800 tonnes of bottom ash every year, which will be processed and used in road bases and other construction materials.

The East Rockingham plant will be located 7 km from another EfW plant in Kwinana.

ACCIONA was also awarded the EPC contract for the Kwinana plant, worth $700 million, which will treat up to 400,000 tonnes of waste every year and have a capacity to produce 36MW of electricity – enough to supply about 50,000 homes.