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Shortlists for parts of MWDA's £3 billion deal announced

Two shortlists of bidders for key parts of the £3 billion Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) waste contract have been announced.

The two contracts are for a resource and recovery private finance initiative (PFI) contract to manage residual waste and a waste management and recycling contract for the regions existing and new facilities. The deal is backed by Government PFI funding of £90 million, while the commercial sensitivity of the second contract means its value remains confidential.

The nine companies vying for the resource and recovery contract through competitive dialogue are:

* Covanta
* Elliniki Technodomiki (Helector SA)
* Global Renewables/ Bovis Lease Holdings
* Resource From Waste Alliance, which is made up of United Utilities Contract Solutions, Land Securities and Trillium
* Shanks Group
* Veolia ES Aurora
* Viridor
* VT Group

Discussions are at the outline solution stage. The outline business case indicates using a combination of mechanical biological treatment (MBT) and energy from waste (EfW) but the authority says it has not yet picked a technology.

However, talks for the waste management and recycling contract are slightly further ahead at the detailed solution stage of competitive dialogue. The three bidders are:

* Veolia
* Waste Recycling Group (WRG)

Both sets of bids are being evaluated and the MWDA hopes to take its analysis to representatives of authority member councils by June 27.

MWDA procurement director Terry Bradley said: The Authority is encouraged by the industrys response to the contracts both in terms of quality, and the range of solutions for the future of Merseysides waste. We are confident that the continued dialogue will produce world class waste services and facilities for the region.

The MWDA was the first authority to trial the Governments new competitive dialogue procurement process.

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