EMRC Names Preferred Tenderer for Resource Recovery Solution for Perth's Eastern Region

Published: Friday, 15 September 2017 at 11:50:01 AM

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) moved a step closer to provision of a resource recovery solution for the region with the decision at its September Special Council meeting to confirm a consortium led by Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) as the preferred tenderer.This decision will see the EMRC enter into a Waste Supply Agreement with HZI, where household waste from the region will be processed by the consortium at its East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility.

The EMRC will now meet with its individual member Councils to get approval for various agreements required under the arrangement with HZI. This process must be completed before the award of tender can be finalised. Following this, the successful tenderer will need to secure financial closure to allow the project to proceed and for waste deliveries to commence in 2021.

Chairman of the EMRC, Cr David Frdig said, "The HZI consortium tender is the preferred tenderer from the bids evaluated by the EMRC and we look forward to finalising the various agreements with HZI. The EMRC's priority has, and will continue to be, the efficient and sustainable management of waste and recovery of resources from waste streams. This project is part of the EMRC's integrated waste management plans which also include development of the Resource Recovery Park at Hazelmere."

The consortium that has developed and will deliver the project is led by Hitachi Zosen Inova, a world leader in the technology and delivery of turnkey energy from waste projects.  It also includes New Energy Corporation (New Energy), which has been developing the East Rockingham site since 2013 and Tribe Infrastructure Group (Tribe), a global advisory and investment house specializing in the development and financing of large scale infrastructure transactions.

Cr David Frdig said the EMRC was confident in moving forward with this conditional contract.

"The call for tenders was released in August 2016. The five month tender process closed on 18 January 2017, with a diverse range of options presented. Since that time an extensive tender evaluation process has been undertaken to assess the submissions and determine the best value solution for Perth's Eastern Region" Cr Frdig said.

Evaluation of the tender submissions has included compliance assessments, financial modelling, reference facility inspections and a detailed scoring process, undertaken by a tender evaluation panel with representatives from each Member Council, and input from EMRC staff with specific expertise and with consulting, probity and legal input. Detailed evaluation reports were prepared and reviewed by a steering committee which recommended the preferred tenderer to Council.

The Resource Recovery Facility deals with the household waste in rubbish bins left over after residents have reduced, re-used and recycled their waste. The Resource Recovery Facility will recover usable materials and/or energy from waste, diverting between 70-90% of waste (by volume) from landfill. In doing so the project supports the Western Australia Government's targets for landfill diversion, set in the State's Waste Strategy. 

The EMRC is committed to keeping the community, stakeholders and project partners informed and will provide further details once the contract has been finalised.

For more information on the EMRC's Resource Recovery Facility visit www.emrc.org.au

Media contact:

Douglas Darmago

Direct: 08 9424 2209

Email: Douglas.Darmago@emrc.org.au

Notes to editors:

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is a progressive and innovative regional local government working on behalf of six member Councils located in Perth's eastern suburbs: Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, City of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan.

Providing services in waste management, environmental management, and regional development, EMRC is a model of successful collaboration that has initiated projects delivering real benefits to the region.

Perth's Eastern Region is an area of Perth defined by the boundaries of six local governments: Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, City of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan. The region constitutes around one-third of Perth's metropolitan area encompassing a land area of about 2,100 square kilometres. These boundaries differ from the "East Metropolitan Region" which is defined by electoral regions.

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