A consortium of seven councils in Northern Ireland has recommended a preferred bidder, which includes Shanks, for one of the country’s largest procurement deals.
The consortium being put forward is made up of local and national expertise in the waste sector. The companies involved are Brickkiln, a Derry-based firm specialising in waste management; international construction company Sisk and international waste management company Shanks.
The consortium has planning permission to develop a MBT facility and gasification plant at Brickkiln’s Enviropark in Maydown, Derry.
The site will handle 120,000 tonnes of waste annually. The facilities will create 200 construction jobs and a further 40 full-time posts when they become operational.
Cllr Evelyn Robinson, NWRWMG chair, said: “Today’s decision brings us another step closer to finalising one of the largest and most complicated public procurement exercises in Northern Ireland. It has the potential to revolutionise and revitalise the way we handle our waste.”
Vice-chairman Michael Coyle said: “By 2020 the NWRWMG must ensure that less than 35% of biodegradable municipal waste goes to landfill. The solution recommended today will enable local councils to meet those targets and treat non-recyclable waste in a more environmentally friendly manner. The new facilities will complement our focus on the ‘3Rs’ of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and help us reach a recycling target of 60%.”
If NWRWMG’s constituent councils accept the recommendation, construction work is likely to begin in the next 12-15 months with the facilities becoming operational in 2015.