Guernsey has chosen Geminor UK to ship up to 25,000 tonnes of residual waste to a Swedish energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.
Following a bidding process that began in May 2015, the Island’s public services department selected Geminor for a three-year export contract. The decision still needs to be rubber-stamped by the Treasury and resources department.
From 2018, waste will be processed as refuse-derived fuel and transported from a proposed new waste transfer station at Longue Hougue in Guernsey to an EfW plant in Jonkoping.
The Jonkoping plant was preferred over an EfW facility on Jersey, which also bid for the contract, because Geminor’s proposal “was the cheapest and, despite the longer travel distance, also scored highest on the environmental assessment”.
Jonkoping captures heat from its electrical generation and uses it to provide district heating.
Guernsey public services minister Scott Ogier said: “For the past 18 months, we have been working with the companies bidding to design and operate the on-island elements. We have identified the requirements for all the proposed new facilities at Longue Hougue, and in December we submitted a planning application for those.
“Now we have also identified the export arrangements, which is something that islanders have been keen to know. It is another key step in the implementation of the waste strategy.
“The final piece of the jigsaw is the operating contracts for the on-island facilities, and we hope to complete those negotiations in the coming weeks.”
Geminor UK is part of the Geminor Group, which has headquarters in Norway and operations in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland.