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North Wales residual treatment contract narrows to three bidders

A partnership of county councils in north Wales has shortlisted three bidders for its 150,000-tonne residual waste treatment contract.

The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project has reduced eight bidders to a shortlist of three: Sita UK, Veolia ES Aurora and Wheelabrator Technologies.

The project will treat residual waste from homes in Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd and is technology-neutral.

Project lead chief executive Colin Everett said: “This project will form a key part of north Wales’ sustainable waste management strategies.  The evaluation of all the solutions proposed has been extensive. With this shortlist announcement, north Wales has moved one step closer to treating its waste in a more sustainable way.  This will build on the already outstanding work that councils and residents have done in boosting the region’s recycling rates.”

Bidders will be invited to submit detailed solutions later in 2011, with a view to appointing preferred bidder status in late 2012 or early 2013.

The project represents an investment of £600m-£800m during the 25-year lifetime of the project, and will be supported by Welsh Assembly Government funding.

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