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Eight bidders announced for huge Welsh PPP

Huge Welsh public private partnership (PPP) proposal Prosiect Gwyrdd has drawn up the long-list of companies in the running for the contract to manage waste from six local authorities in the country, including Cardiff.

The chosen companies are:

·         Covanta

·         MVV Umwelt

·         Shanks Group

·         Sita UK

·         Urbaser

·         Veolia ES Aurora

·         Viridor Waste Management

·         Waste Recycling Group (WRG)

Each company will be asked to submit outline solutions for the waste, suggesting technologies and possible sites. Each bidder is able to submit two bids. WRG announced in January that it will propose to build an energy-from-waste plant on a site at Newport, as part of an exclusivity deal with chemical firm Solutia UK.

Prosiect Gwyrdd comprises local authorities in south-east Wales, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. The 25-year contract has the option for a five-year extension. Bidders need to provide a solution for municipal waste once recycling and composting has been maximised in each location, which is estimated to be 30-35% of the total municipal waste produced.

Chair of the joint committee governing the project Mark Stephens said: “The partner councils are happy with the interest from the market. Obviously Prosiect Gwyrdd is keen to ensure the process to deliver a solution to residual waste is as competitive as possible. The partnership is technology neutral, and has assessed all compliant bids made against agreed criteria.”

The cost of the project has not been disclosed because it is subject to a commercial tender process.

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