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East Rockingham
Case study

Australia’s second energy from waste plant will reduce landfill and generate more clean energy

Diverting waste from landfill 

The $511 million East Rockingham Waste to Energy facility in WA will help tackle Australia’s rising waste management problem by diverting waste from landfill. It will also generate renewable baseload energy to support WA’s electricity network.

$57.5m

CEFC commitment

300,000t

waste to be processed annually

29 MW

renewable energy to be generated

The Australian waste-to-energy sector provides excellent commercial potential in the long-term. The problem of dealing with everyday waste is a global challenge, with more than 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste generated each year.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi
Masdar

Our investment

The CEFC has committed up to $57.5 million towards the facility. This subordinated debt facility is the first of its kind for the EfW (energy from waste) sector in Australia and provides capital structure innovation for the project. 

Importantly, the East Rockingham Waste to Energy (ERWtE) is the first of its kind in Australia to use “waste-arising” contracts, giving councils the ability to continue to pursue waste reduction targets with waste supply commitments to the ERWtE.  

This type of innovative contractual framework will help support WA’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. The ERWtE will use proprietary moving grate combustion technology supplied by HZI, a global leader in the technology supply and turnkey delivery of EfW projects, as well as biogas plants. 

our impact 

When complete, the ERWtE will process about 300,000 tonnes of residual waste a year, reducing annual emissions by more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2-e, the equivalent of taking about 64,000 cars off the road. 

The state-of-the-art facility will also generate 29 MW of renewable base load electricity for the South West Interconnected System – enough to power more than 36,000 homes. It is expected to employ about 300 workers, including apprentices during construction, and up to 50 operations staff on an ongoing basis when complete. 

In July 2020, IJGlobal announced that the ERWtE financing had been awarded its Asia Pacific Waste Deal of the Year. The IJGlobal Awards celebrate the best-in-class transactions and organisations across the international infrastructure and energy sectors. 

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Last updated 24 December 2020. Western Australia, Sustainable Cities, Bioenergy, Energy efficiency, Renewable energy