Laing Roads & Utilities and Viridor Waste Management have announced their intention to jointly bid for the largest integrated waste management contract in the UK.
Viridor was short-listed for the £300 million contract by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) following a pre-qualification process in early 2005 and Laing has now formally joined the process.
Viridor Waste Management chief executive Colin Drummond said: “The combined strength of Viridor Laing will enable us to offer practical competitive solutions for the needs of GMWDA. The Viridor Laing combination brings together many years of complementary experience and expertise. We are delighted that we are in a position to offer services in this way on such a prestigious contract.”
GWMDA currently manages its waste disposal and recycling, dealing with 1.4 million tonnes of municipal waste from across the Greater Manchester area each year. This contract is due to be let in April 2007.
The Viridor Laing proposal provides options for the redevelopment, refurbishment, operation and maintenance of a number of materials recovery facilities, an existing thermal recovery plant, transfer loading stations and household waste recycling centres.
John Laing chief executive Andy Friend said: “The waste sector presents Laing with the opportunity to utilise its skills and success in other areas of privately financed infrastructure. To date, there has been insufficient investment in the sector to ensure that waste disposal authorities meet their EU landfill targets in 2010 and beyond. This is now set to change and we are very pleased to have teamed up with such an excellent partner for this very significant opportunity.”
Through the PFI mechanism, Viridor Laing will provide a full range of waste management services. With central Government encouraging local authorities to utilise PFI credits to reach Landfill Directive targets, the two companies will also continue to explore opportunities for collaborating together in other waste PFI projects.