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Prosiect Gwyrdd announces shortlisted bidders for waste contract

The Welsh waste treatment deal known as “Prosiect Gwyrrd” has announced a shortlist of four bidders for the £1.1bn contract.

Following the eight ‘outline solutions’ submitted, four parties have been invited to submit ‘detailed solutions’ for the technology neutral project. These are:

  • Covanta Energy – who propose a merchant energy from waste (EfW) facility at Brig y Cwm, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Veolia ES Aurora – who propose an energy recovery facility at Bowlease Common, Newport.
  • Viridor Waste Management – who propose an EfW with a combined heat and power facility at Trident Park, Cardiff.
  • Waste Recycling Group – who propose an EfW on the Solutia UK site, Newport.

The decision means that bids from MVV Umwelt, Shanks Group, Sita UK and Urbaser will not be taken forward.

When complete, the project will treat around 200,000 tonnes of residual waste from five Welsh local authorities – Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly and Newport. Partial funding for the project has been secured from the Welsh Assembly Government, which will contribute 25% of the future gate fee – an approximate £9m.

Prosiect Gwyrdd joint committee chairman Cllr Mark Stephens said: “The priority for each partner authority is to recycle and compost as much waste as possible. Our targets are clear and local authority recycling and composting schemes have been and will continue to be developed to reduce the reliance on landfill and to strive towards the landfill diversions targets that have been set.

“Each authority in Wales will also be procuring a solution for this ‘black bag’ waste, as landfill is no longer an option both environmentally and economically. The participants selected now have been invited to submit detailed solutions”

The contract for the project is expected to be finalised in 2012.

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