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Edinburgh and Midlothian councils open tender for pre-treatment and EfW plants

The Scottish councils of Edinburgh and Midlothian have opened a tender for the building of waste processing facilities as part of a joint waste management project.

FCC, Urbaser and Viridor have been invited to submit detailed plans for the construction of a pre-treatment facility within the project site in Midlothian, and for an energy from waste facility (EfW), which will be powered by the fuel produced by the pre-treatment plant.

The councils offered to pay up to one-third of the cost of building the facilities, but only once the project has been in operation for at least a year. They will also buy the electricity produced by the EfW facility.

Jim Orr, environment vice-convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This project, along with our ongoing efforts at the kerbside, is aimed at eventually reducing the amount of waste which ends up buried in a landfill site from more than 50% to less than 5%.”

After proposals are considered, the bidders will have to enter another phase of the selection process consisting in a “final competitive dialogue” with the team of the Zero Waste Project, a joint waste reduction plan to deliver, through private sector partners, facilities for the treatment of food and residual waste collected in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

As part of the project, the councils signed a contract in February 2013 with Alauna Renewable Energy to provide a food waste treatment facility (above).

The preferred bidder for the pre-treatment and EfW pants will have to engage with the local community to acquire planning consent for the project, the councils said.

The contract is expected to be awarded in 2014 with the facilities operational in 2017.

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