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MWDA announces preferred sites for PFI contract

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) has unveiled the preferred sites for its waste resource and recovery PFI contract.

At a meeting held on 24 September, the elected members approved the two options presented by the final bidders in the process for the £90m project. The options are from Covanta for the Ince Marshes site in Cheshire and a proposal from SITA for the Wilton International site in Teeside. Each bidder is proposing an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

MWDA director Carl Beer said: “Our priority throughout has been to find a practical solution for Merseyside and Halton taxpayers which could provide the best possible value for money and satisfy a strict set of environmental criteria.

“The acceptance of these two proposals means that we are no longer actively looking for sites in Merseyside and Halton to accommodate energy recovery facilities.

“Both solutions will provide more sustainable methods for disposing of waste than the current landfill arrangements, better planning deliverability and value for money for the taxpayer than sites previously considered in Merseyside and Halton.”

The preferred bidder is due to be announced in 2011 following further evaluation of tenders. It is expected that the new contract will be operational by early 2015.

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