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Milton Keynes plant officially awarded to AmeyCespa

AmeyCespa has been formally awarded the contract to design, build and operate a new waste facility for Milton Keynes Council.

The Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deal primarily with household waste although some commercial materials will be treated.

AmeyCespa has submitted a planning application to build the new facility in the Old Wolverton industrial area, on the site of a former distribution centre.

If approved, the facility would help the council achieve a goal of around 2% of the borough’s household waste being sent to landfill.

AmeyCespa’s project director, Bill Jarvis, said: “Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use an innovative combination of proven technologies to make the most of the borough’s waste, increasing recycling and helping the council to save on its waste management bill.”

The company was named as the preferred bidder following a tender process at the end of October 2012. A planning application was submitted in April and, if approved, the new facility will become operational in 2016.

The project has been funded during construction with finance sourced from international project finance banks with AmeyCespa retaining a minority equity stake during operations.

The park includes:

  • Mechanical treatment technology to extract recyclable materials
  • An anaerobic digestor for organic waste
  • An advanced thermal treatment facility to convert unrecyclable waste into gas to generate electricity in a turbine

The renewable electricity should power the equivalent of 11,000 homes, similar to the number in the council’s Wolverton and Newport Pagnell areas combined.

The facility will deliver to Milton Keynes Council:

  • A saving which could be more than £50m over the design life
  • Increased recycling levels
  • Job creation – 200 during construction and 45 once operational
  • An on-site visitor and education centre

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