A new energy-from-waste facility is set to be built in Perth’s Western Trade Coast (WTC) as financial close was achieved in December for the construction of the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility (ERRRF).
The $511 million facility is going to be one of the two energy-from-waste facilities in Australia to be built in Western Australia.
“News that the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility will go ahead means the Western Trade Coast will now be home to Australia’s only two waste to energy plants.
“This is a project that ticks all the boxes - it creates jobs for local workers, reduces landfill and generates energy that can be used to power our homes and industry,” Acting Premier Roger Cook said.
Construction of the new facility at the WTC’s Rockingham Industry Zone is set to create up to 300 jobs and an additional 50 jobs once it is operational.
ACCIONA and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will undertake the design and construction of the new facility while Suez and HZI will operate the waste to energy facility under a 20-year operations and management agreement.
The new facility is set to begin operations in 2021 and it will treat about 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year. The ERRRF will generate up to 29MW of baseload renewable energy - which is enough to power up to 36,000 homes - as well as help reduce CO2-e emissions by over 300,000 tonnes annually.
The ERRRF is going to be located about 4.5 kilometres south of the Avertas waste-to-energy plant that is currently under construction in the Kwinana Industrial Area.
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