Waste management firm Shanks has teamed up with US waste company Wheelabrator Technologies to provide energy-from-waste (EfW) solutions to local authorities.
The decision comes at a time when Shanks is trying to expand into the private finance initiative market and bid for more PFI contracts from local authorities.
Business development director Michael Dunn told MRW: We have formed a partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies as well as Scottish and Southern Energy to offer more EfW capability and mechanical biological technology capability in our operations.
The US waste firm operates 21 EfW power facilities across North America.
Working with Wheelabrator will help us to bid for the Suffolk PFI contract and three or four other contracts, including Belfast, Northern Ireland, added Dunn.
Its a very exciting proposition. We [Shanks] have established technology in the UK market and they [Wheelabrator] will bring their bidding expertise and experience of their operations in the US its a marriage made in heaven.
They [Wheelabrator] will gain easy access to the UK market through an established player.
Wheelabrator Technologies president Mark A. Weidman added: We are very pleased to be teaming up with Shanks, a recognised leader in the European waste sector. The combination of Shanks established position in the industry and Wheelabrators 35 years of proven EfW experience offer a unique and competitive solution for the UK market.