Gloucestershire county council has agreed to continue with procurement of a residual waste project and has announced the final two bidders, despite Government withdrawal of PFI credits in 2010’s comprehensive spending review.
The county council cabinet voted to allow a consortia of John Laing, Keppel Seghers and Shanks – known as Complete Circle, and Urbaser and Balfour Beatty to refine detailed proposals for residual waste treatment facilities – both of which would be energy from waste.
According to council figures, the cost of the facility is estimated to be £500m over the 25 years and could generate electricity equivalent to powering 28,000 homes.
County council cabinet member for waste and environment Cllr Stan Waddington said: “This was a controversial decision to make but ultimately one we need to take - we cannot keep sending waste to landfill and we must find a solution that is affordable and sustainable.
“I would like to reassure everyone that we are looking at this with people’s safety and health as a top priority.”
At the time the PFI funding for the facility was withdrawn, the contract was valued at approximately £171m.