More than 40 potential bidders for a £796 million private finance initiative deal in Devon attended a briefing day in Plymouth this week.
Organised by The South West Devon Waste Partnership, a range of companies from different waste related disciplines were invited to find out more about the 28-year contract and councils involved.
A partnership spokeswoman said: Although the information communicated to bidders on the day is available from our outline business case, the purpose of the event was to launch our procurement and give potential bidders an opportunity to understand the partnership and project objectives better.
It was also an opportunity for them to visit the south west Devon area to appreciate the local context and regional issues which the partnership faces.
Previously, other authorities have complained that their choice of technology for such large projects was hampered because they had a limited variety of bids to choose from. By courting more than 40 companies, the partnership may ensure a wider choice of bids using their preferred technology, energy from waste (EfW). The partnership has said it will make one site available to bidders for this facility but bidders still have the option to put forward their own sites.
The contract was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union at the end of October and bidders have until December 1 to submit tenders.
Government PFI credits worth £95m were awarded to the partnership in early October (MRW October 2 2008).
Image: Energy from waste is the preferred technology for The South West Devon Waste Partnership's PFI contract