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Building contractor thrown off EfW site

The main contractor of a £120m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant has cancelled its contract with a construction firm, claiming it is responsible for delays in the project.

Swiss-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) said Interserve was removed from the EnviRecover plant (pictured) near Kidderminster because civil engineering works were behind schedule and there were “signs that this delay would increase further”.

A HZI spokesman said the development remained on course for a 2017 completion date, with subcontractors now performing parts of the civil work.

In January 2014, Worcestershire and Herefordshire county councils approved the project, which is due to process more than 200,000 tonnes of refuse a year.

HZI, which has engineering, procurement and construction contracts on energy plants in Greatmoor, Buckinghamshire, and Severnside, South Gloucestershire, was awarded the contract and selected Interserve to join the scheme.

Mercia Waste Management, the company that selected HZI as its main contractor, will manage the site until 2023 for the two councils.

A Mercia spokesman told MRW’s sister title Construction News (CN): “Our principal contractor has diligently addressed substantial project delays, and started mitigation procedures to limit significant consequences that would have been unacceptable to the company and to the waste disposal authorities.

“We are determined to ensure that EnviRecover is delivered successfully, to complete the suite of waste management facilities across the two counties that will enable the authorities to meet their recycling and recovery targets.”

CN said it understood that legal cases were being prepared by both parties. Interserve declined to comment to CN.

Mercia and sister company Severn Waste are jointly owned by FCC Environment and Urbaser.

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