Procurement for the North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA) waste treatment contract has narrowed to two bidders after the Sita Lend Lease consortium announced its intention to withdraw.
In a statement, the consortium stated that the decision was taken “following clarification of the requirements of the tender and our subsequent reassessment of the suitability of its proposed solution”.
It added: “This decision was not taken lightly and we would like to wish the NLWA every success with the ongoing procurement.”
Following the withdrawal of Sita Lend Lease, FCC Skanska and Veolia remain the final two bidders for the contract, both of which propose organic treatment facilities and the production of solid recovered fuel.
NLWA chair cllr Clyde Loakes said: “We respect Sita Lend Lease’s commercial decision to withdraw from the waste services procurement and thank them for their interest to this point. FCC Skanska and Veolia have both put forward excellent solutions. We will move forward promptly with those bidders to identify the most economically advantageous tender and award a contract.”
Financial close for the project was due to be reached in March 2013, but the NLWA will now consider whether a faster timetable can be adopted.