Sunday 22nd Sep, 2019

Builder chosen for massive waste to energy plant

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been awarded to build one of Australia’s biggest waste to energy facilities.

ACCIONA will deliver the project in partnership with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), which will provide the technology and equipment for the facility.

Located in East Rockingham, around 40 kilometres south of Perth, the facility will recover resources from around 3000,000 tonnes of residual waste from municipal, commercial and industrial sources each year. In addition, the facility will recover up to 30,000 tonnes of biosolids.

Around 29 megawatts of renewable energy will be produced, enough to power 36,000 homes.

Delivering the project will include design, construction, financing and operation of the facility, with construction to commence in late 2019.

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ACCIONA was selected for its domestic and international expertise delivering complex projects.

ACCIONA Geotech’s Managing Director, Bede Noonan, said the project is another landmark project for WA and our country as a whole.

“Energy-from-Waste is gaining traction quickly, and it’s great to see New Energy, Tribe and our EPC partners HZI developing the second large-scale plant here,” Noonan said.

“Not only will we be able to build on the capabilities harnessed for our first project in Perth, but we also get the opportunity to work with industry leader HZI to bring the best available technology to Australia for the first time.”

New Energy Chairman, Enzo Gullotti, said that with ACCIONA leading construction, the consortium has secured the final piece of the puzzle and looks forward to starting construction on site in the coming months.

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

“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 WA the nation’s circular economy leader.”