Sita has been selected as the preferred bidder for a £1bn waste PFI contract for Suffolk County Council.
The 25-year contract is for the design, construction and management of an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility on the Highways Depot site in Great Blackenham, Ipswich. When operational in 2014, the facility is expected to process 269,000 tonnes of waste a year and generate electricity for the equivalent of 30,000 homes.
The facility will also be financed by Sita’s parent company Suez Environnement, which will provide an estimated £180bn for construction.
Sita UK CEO David Palmer-Jones said: “We have worked hard over the past two years to develop a competitive proposal, and we look forward to working with Suffolk in the coming months to confirm our commitments, so that the contract award can be achieved by September.”
Sita is one of two companies selected for the Suffolk council contract. The other is from Veolia ES Aurora, which also proposed an EfW plant. The final decision over the awarding of the contract will be taken later this year.
Suffolk council portfolio holder for waste Lisa Chambers said: “We have selected Sita UK as the preferred bidder to progress to the next stage. Reaching this milestone brings the county ever closer to delivering a good solution for the council taxpayer, and will also contribute towards making Suffolk the greenest county.”
Suffolk currently has a recycling rate of almost 50%, and is hoping to achieve the Suffolk Waste Partnership goal of 60% recycling by the time the new EfW opens