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Shanks selected for Canadian biofuels facility

UK waste-to-product business Shanks Group is to design, build and operate an integrated organics waste management facility in Canada.

Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility.

When completed the facility will be able to process 115,000 tonnes of residual kitchen and garden waste from Surrey, British Columbia, each year.

The process will create a source of renewable natural gas that can be used to power the city’s waste collection trucks. It will also produce a compost product suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.

When completed, the facility will be the largest of its kind in Canada with a capacity to process all the city’s organic waste, along with commercial organic waste, helping Metro Vancouver achieve its regional 70% waste diversion target.

Under the contract, Orgaworld Surrey will design, build, maintain and operate the facility.

Peter Dilnot, Shanks chief executive

Peter Dilnot, Shanks chief executive

Peter Dilnot, left, group chief executive of Shanks, said: “I am delighted that the Shanks team has been awarded preferred proponent status for the Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility project, which is in line with our strategy to expand our Organics Division in target geographies.

“In parallel, it also underlines Shanks’ compelling offering which combines organic and municipal contracting expertise with a growing footprint in Canada. We look forward to continuing to work with the City of Surrey to develop our plans to deliver the first closed-loop integrated organics waste management system in North America.”

Iris Solutions, led by Orgaworld Canada, was one of three businesses shortlisted for the contract, which originally comprised 11 different bidding companies. The final contracts are expected to be signed early next year, with the facility expected to become fully operational by late 2016.

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