The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that negotiations were complete for the remaining preferred bidders and contracts would hopefully be signed in the next few weeks.
The Bioganix in-vessel composting plant in Worcester has already processed 2,000 tonnes of source segregated kitchen waste, while the Greenfinch anaerobic digester plant in Ludlow, South Shropshire is currently working at 25% of its 5,000 tonne per annum capacity.
Construction for both Premier Wastes aerobic digestion plant for source segregated organic waste in Durham and Envars in-vessel composting facility in St Ives, Cambridgeshire has started. The plants are due to start operating in early 2007 and December 2006 respectively.
The fifth signed contract is for Noveras gasifier at the Ford plant in Dagenham, which in partnership with the East London Waste Authority and Shanks will provide Ford with eight to 10 Mw of energy using refuse derived fuel from Shanks mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant on Frog Island.
Preferred bidders with contracts still to be signed are: gasification plants by Energos on the Isle of Wight, Yorwaste at Seamer Carr, Scarborough, Devon County Council in Exeter and Compact Power in Avonmouth. Also pending is a SITA/Golder MBT plant in Packington, Warwickshire and Fairport Engineerings complex materials recycling facility in Merseyside.