SUEZ Joins Consortium Developing Energy from Waste Facility in East Rockingham, Australia

The consortium developing the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility has awarded SUEZ, global expert in the water and waste resource management sectors, the role of waste management partner for the project for a minimum term of 20 years. SUEZ’s entry into the project represents the single largest commitment by a waste management company to the development of the energy from waste sector in Australia.

The consortium of Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI), Tribe Infrastructure Group and New Energy Corporation was established in 2016/2017 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 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility in the Rockingham Industry Zone 40km south of the Perth Central Business District. The new facility will treat approximately 300,000 tonnes per year of residual waste from municipal, commercial and industrial sources and up to 30,000 tonnes per year of biosolids. The EfW facility will generate approximately 29MW of reliable renewable energy, enough to power over 36,000 homes. The start of construction activities is planned to take place in 2019.

SUEZ’s role in the consortium touches every aspect of the project, combining SUEZ’s international EfW experience with its market-leading network of assets and infrastructure in Western Australia:

• Waste Supply – SUEZ will supply at least 65,000 tonnes per year of Commercial & Industrial waste.
• Operations & Maintenance – SUEZ will lead the delivery of a 20-year operations & maintenance service to the project in partnership with HZI and New Energy.
• Disposal Services – SUEZ will provide best-practice collection & disposal services for fly ash residue and non-processible waste at its resource recovery facilities in Bibra Lake and North Bannister.
• Power Offtake – SUEZ will purchase reliable renewable electricity generated by the project for its operational requirements across its business in the Perth area.

SUEZ and HZI have an extensive track record of joint developments in Energy-from-Waste projects worldwide, including the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre in South Gloucestershire, STV 3, 4 and 5 near Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees, England, in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris, France, and in Poznan, Poland, altogether processing more than 2.2 million tonnes of waste every year.

Mark Venhoek, SUEZ Australia & New Zealand CEO said, “The project is SUEZ’s first energy-from-waste development in Australia and we are very pleased to become a partner in this landmark transaction. This will significantly accelerate the improvement of waste treatment practices in the Perth region as well as reduce the city’s environmental footprint. We are also delighted to expand our partnership with HZI with this new project and to develop new relationships with Tribe Infrastructure and New Energy.”

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