GE Steam Power is to supply its renewable steam power technology for a new waste-to-energy plant located in East Rockingham, Western Australia. In a deal signed with ACCIONA, who, together with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) have formed the EPC Consortium to engineer, procure and construct the plant, GE will design, manufacture and supply its geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) for the project. This technology will enable the plant to generate electricity from a mix of non-recyclable municipal, commercial and industrial waste.
As Australia’s second large-scale WtE plant, East Rockingham will help meet the country’s renewable power generation and local waste management objectives. The plant will supply 29 MWe to the grid. At least 50% of this electricity will be fuelled from renewable biogenic material with a minimal overall carbon dioxide footprint. It will also contribute to a significant overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as compared to landfilling the waste which produces methane emissions that are far more potent than carbon dioxide.
The East Rockingham project is owned by John Laing (40%), Masdar/Tribe (40%), Acciona Concesiones (10%), and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), (10%). Once completed, will treat around 300 000 tons of waste every year, preventing the release of the equivalent of more than 300 000 tons of CO2 per annum into the atmosphere.
“With nearly two billion tons of municipal waste produced globally each year and expected to increase, the burning of non-recyclable trash that otherwise emits methane from landfills can help to reduce overall greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” said Sacha Parneix, chief commercial officer, GE Steam Power.”