Hertfordshire County Council has appointed Veolia ES Aurora as preferred bidder for its residual waste treatment PFI contract.
The contract, which has been awarded £115.3m of PFI credits, will see Veolia provide a two-stage treatment process at a site in New Barnfield, South Hatfield. The solution will include a mechanical pre-treatment facility designed to remove recyclables, and a 180,000 tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) facility which is expected to generate 26MW of electricity.
The appointment saw Veolia selected over E.ON Energy from Waste, which proposed an EfW facility in Harper Lane, Radlett.
Hertfordshire County Council director of environment and commercial services John Wood said: “Government and European Union legislation requires local authorities to do everything possible to prevent waste from ending up in landfill. If we don’t, we face extra taxes and these fines would ultimately have to be passed on to the taxpayer. In Hertfordshire this would be an extra £544 million over the next 30 years, so we have to find a solution that isn’t so costly, both financially and environmentally.”
Details of the contract will now be finalised and awarded in the coming months, while Veolia begins an “extensive” consultation as part of its planning application for the facility.