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Contract awarded for $511M energy project

Hitachi Zosen Inova
Hitachi Zosen Inova

An infrastructure developer and two waste management companies have won a tender for the nation’s second waste to energy plant.

New Energy Corporation, Tribe Infrastructure Group and Hitachi Zosen Inova recently secured a development contract for the DevelopmentWA Industrial Lands Authority’s $511 million East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility Project, 35km south of Perth.

The consortium is tasked with building a facility capable of treating about 300,000 tonnes a year of residual waste created from recycling work at a variety of municipal, commercial and industrial locations.

The waste will be used to generate 29 megawatts of base load renewable energy, which is enough to power more than 36,000 homes and reduce emissions by more than 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. This is equivalent to removing about 64,000 cars from roads.

350 jobs

Construction is expected to start in January and employ up to 300 workers plus an additional 50 staff once operational in late 2022. None of the jobs are advertised yet.

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“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,” Acting Premier Roger Cook said in a public statement. “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.”

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