Waste to Energy Facilities – Environmental Approvals and Advisor

Project: Port Hedland and East Rockingham Waste to Energy Facilities
Client: New Energy Corporation Pty Ltd
Service: Environmental Approvals and Environmental Advisor

In response to strong demand from the community of Western Australia for alternatives to landfilling of municipal waste, New Energy Corporation (NEC) acquired the rights to an innovative gasification technology developed in WA by Entech. NEC seeks to establish two Waste to Energy (WtE) projects at locations in Port Hedland and East Rockingham. Each is designed to accept up to 200,000 tpa of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), process it to recover recyclable materials and produce up 18 MW of baseload electricity.

Aurora Environmental partnered with NEC to:

  • Refine the facility designs to optimise environmental performance.
  • Undertake all necessary baseline studies.
  • Develop approval documentation.
  • Design and implement stakeholder engagement programs.
  • Manage the environmental approval.

Environmental approval has been achieved for both facilities with minimal community concern. These are the first two WtE facilities approved in Australia for over 20 years and represent a significant landmark for both NEC and the Australian community. As a result NEC can now demonstrate the value of its gasification technology while the community can access the benefits of revering energy from municipal waste.
Aurora Environmental, in partnership with NEC, continues to work toward achieving financial closure for both facilities to secure long term contracts for supply of waste feedstocks and energy off-takes. The waste offtakes contract with the Shire of Roebourne and the Town of Port Hedland has been approved. Construction of the Port Hedland Facility is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017.

Key services provided:

  • Waste management
  • Air quality
  • Pollution control
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Noise management
  • Waste to Energy

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