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Hitachi Zosen Inova selected for Energy from Waste project in Western Australia

Switzerland-headed cleantech company Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it is delivering its first energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Australia. In addition to developing and constructing the state-of-the-art EfW facility in East Rockingham near Perth, Western Australia, HZI will also part-own the plant as well as be responsible for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the facility.

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) is delivering its first energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Australia. In addition to developing and constructing the state-of-the-art EfW facility in East Rockingham near Perth, Western Australia, HZI will also part-own the plant as well as be responsible for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the facility (illustration courtesy HZI).

To be built around 40 lm south of Perth, the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility (ERRRF) project is being developed by a consortium consisting of Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), Australian project developer New Energy Corporation and Abu Dhabi, UAE developer Tribe Infrastructure.

The contract to design, build and commission the plant was awarded by the project shareholders to an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) consortium formed by Acciona Industrial and HZI.

HZI will be delivering everything from the waste crane to the stack in the form of its proprietary combustion technology, including the reciprocating grate and a highly efficient multistage flue gas treatment. EPC consortium partner Acciona will be in charge of civil construction, the water and steam cycle plant, the installation and erection of HZI’s equipment and the balance of the plant.

Construction is scheduled to begin at the beginning of January 2020, so that the plant can go into full operation by the end of 2022.

Sustainable waste management option for Australia

The EfW plant will process 300 000 tonnes of municipal and industrial waste per annum from the domestic and industrial zones in the surrounding area under the jurisdiction of East Mindarie Regional Council (EMRC) and Cockburn Council. This will be used to generate 28.9 MWe of electricity which will be fed into the grid, contributing directly to the supply of energy to the agglomeration around Perth.

Although there is no official ban on landfill in Australia, people are rethinking sustainability and efficient waste management. As one of the first of its kind in the country, East Rockingham RRF is expected to play a pioneering role and point the way forward for future EfW installations in Oceania.

For HZI this project marks our entry into the Australian market and introduces our world-renowned and leading technology to Australia – something we’ve been working on for a long time. For the Perth area, this project marks a major step towards sustainability and renewable energy from waste, said Marc Stammbach, Managing Director of HZI Australia.

Besides its contribution to environmental awareness, the project is also highly significant for the local economy. Alongside technical know-how from Switzerland, a large part of the material, equipment and production capacity will be provided by regional and national companies. In addition to this, around 300 people will be employed temporarily on the site during the construction phase.

After this the plant will be operated for at least 20 years by a joint venture (JV) between SUEZ and HZI, providing permanent operation and maintenance jobs for a further 40 people. HZI is also committing to this project long-term as a project shareholder.

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