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North Ireland Waste PFI narrows to two bidders

Only two bidders remain for the Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP) waste PFI contract in Northern Ireland, the partnership has announced.

Greenstar Holdings (bidding with BioGen Power, Strabag Umweltenlagen and Orchid Environmental) and Quinn Group (bidding with Entsorga Italia) are the two bids still under consideration for the 25- year deal, following the withdrawal of the other two shortlisted bids earlier this year.

Northern Ireland Sustainable Solutions (which comprised Cyril Sweett Investments, Urbaser and John Sisk & Son) withdrew its bid in May, while Biffa Waste Services (along with Natural World Products and Ros Roca Environmental) withdrew after completing its acquisition of Greenstar.

Both parties have submitted detailed solutions for the sorting and treatment of waste across the eight local authorities that comprise the SWaMP, and the tender process is now at the phase of discussing those solutions. 

Although the technology has not been decided on, SWaMP has confirmed that either a mechanical biological treatment facility or a gasification plant will be considered.

SWaMP 2008 joint committee chairman councillor Jack Patterson said: “In the new year, we will complete the final stage of the competitive dialogue process.  Following evaluation and analysis of the technical, legal and financial aspects of each bid, we look forward to appointing a preferred bidder, with whom we will then work closely to get this vitally important infrastructure in place.”

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