Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre


Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed


Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
Western Sydney Energy and Resource Recovery Centre

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Summary

A joint venture comprising Macquarie Capital and Cleanaway have proposed an energy-from-waste facility, located at Eastern Creek, Western Sydney, that can generate up to 45 megawatts of power by thermally treating up to 500,000 tonnes per year of residual municipal solid waste and residual commercial and industrial waste.

By 2020 Western Sydney will be sending at least 1.62 million tonnes of waste to landfill each year. The energy-from-waste facility will use technologies from similar projects across Europe to convert the waste to energy and is forecast to produce enough green energy to power over 65,000 homes.

The project is being delivered by Cleanaway and Macquarie Capital, with technical support from ARUP and Ramboll.



Key Dates

Nov 2019: Scoping study released.

2021: Subject to approval, construction to commence

2024: Expected construction completion and facility to be opened




The project is being financed by Macquarie Capital and Cleanaway




Procurement will be overseen by the proponents



Project History

Oct 2020: Environmental Impact Statement placed on exhibition between 6 October and 16 November

Sep 2020: Environmental Impact Statement submitted by the proponents.

Dec 2019: NSW Planning Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements were released.

Nov 2019: The proponents released a scoping study for the project and issued a request for NSW Planning Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements.



Further information

The project has been designated as a State Significant Development by the NSW Government.

Last reviewed: 03/11/2020

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