When Defra secretary of state Caroline Spelman withheld credits for the Willows Power and Recycling Facility in Norfolk, the County Council said the decision would potentially risk delivery of eight similar projects across the country. These projects were then listed in the statement issued by Norfolk CC. MRW contacted the relevant authorities to see if they were affected.
1) North Yorkshire and York Waste PFI
North Yorkshire County Council corporate director for business and environmental services David Bowe said: “We are aware of the Secretary of State’s decision regarding the Norfolk Waste PFI. However we are confident that our proposed solution for the long term management of waste in North Yorkshire offers a strategic fit with the aspirations of the Government’s Waste Policy, the Draft EU Directive on Energy Efficiency, and the UK Government Climate Change Regulations.
“The North Yorkshire and York Waste PFI continues to benefit from Government support through Waste Infrastructure Credits. Defra and Treasury have scrutinised the project at key stages and remain content to support it”.
AmeyCespa was selected as the Councils’ Preferred Bidder to build and operate waste facilities for 320,000 tonnes of materials from York and North Yorkshire. The plan comprises a mechanical treatment plant; an anaerobic digestion plant generating 1.1 MW of electricity; EfW plant for remaining waste; an incinerator bottom ash (IBA) plant.
2) Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Waste Partnership
A spokesperson for the BDR Partnership, made up of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Borough Councils, said the authorities remain confident that the final business case will be approved and that the solution proposed continues to meet all the necessary criteria for the award of the allocated PFI credits.
The BDR Waste Waste Partnership has chosen 3SE – a partnership between Shanks Group PLC and Scottish & Southern Energy – as its preferred partner. It proposes building an MBT plant capable of processing 265,000 tonnes a year of residual waste to produce solid recovered fuel (RDF) that would feed into a multi-fuel plant nearby. It also proposes building an AD plant that would process leftover waste from MBT.
3) Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Waste, said: “Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are continuing with their procurement as planned and they do not see the Norfolk situation as impacting on the successful delivery of the procurement.”
The Essex and Southend Project is for a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility that will treat all of Essex County Council and Southend on Sea Borough Council residual municipal waste of circa 400,000 tonnes. The joint procurement facility is due to be operational by 2015.
4) Wakefield Council
Wakefield Council has appointed Shanks/Babcock for an AD and MRF project. The facilities will have an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes and are due to be operational by March 2012.
5) Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
MWDA has selected two final two bidders, Sita UK and Covanta, and both propose building an energy from waste facility for the production of energy in the form of electricity and/or heat. The annual capacity will be 500,000 tonnes.
6) Leeds County Council
Veolia ES Aurora has secured a contract to build and operate a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility with a 190,000 annual capacity at the former wholesale markets site at Pontefract Lane, Cross Green.
7) City of Bradford MDC and Calderdale MBC
City of Bradford MDC, in partnership with Calderdale MBC, is about to appoint its preferred bidder for a household waste contract that will run from 2016 to 2040. The two shortlisted firms are Earthtech Skanska (ETS) and 3SE. The project will take in 200,000 tonnes of waste from Bradford and Calderdale. Both bidders put forward proposals for post-kerbside sorting and an EfW facility.