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Greenstar Holdings and Biogen Power consortium withdraws from SWaMP procurement

The Greenstar Holdings and Biogen Power consortium has withdrawn its bid for the Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP2008) residual waste treatment contract in Northern Ireland.

The withdrawal of the bid, which included BioGen Power, Strabag Umweltenlagen and Orchid Environmental, leaves only Quinn Group (bidding with Entsorga Italia) for the 25-year public-private partnership (PPP) deal.

SWaMP2008 chief officer Graham Byrne said: “We wish Greenstar-Biogen well and are continuing the competitive tendering process with the Quinn Group.  

“Having been in detailed dialogue with both bidders for almost 12 months, we are at an advanced stage of negotiation on the full range of legal, technical and financial requirements of the contract. 

“We remain on track to deliver a robust and value for money solution that meets the needs of the region.”

In a statement the Greenstar/Biogen consortium said: “The consortium was fully engaged in a comprehensive due diligence process for the SWaMP2008 PPP contract and having reviewed its current position and commitments it took the decision to withdraw from the procurement process.

“This decision was not taken lightly and we would like to underline the commitment of both consortium members to their continued individual involvement in the development of other waste treatment projects in Northern Ireland. We wish the SWaMP2008 team every success with this continued procurement process.”

SWaMP is a voluntary group of eight district councils, covering Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Newry & Mourne and Omagh.

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