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Veolia secures £460m PFI deal

Veolia has signed a 25-year private finance initiative contract to treat municipal waste in Leeds.

Veolia Environmental Services, through its subsidiary Veolia Environmental Services (UK), had been selected as the preferred bidder in January for a contract said to be worth around £460m.

The deal includes a high-tech recycling and energy recovery facility that Veolia says will save Leeds City Council £200m over the term of the contract compared with the cost of landfilling its residual municipal waste.

The facility earmarked for the East Leeds Cross Green industrial area is subject to planning permission.

Three hundred people will work on construction that is due to start next summer. The recycling and energy recovery plant is scheduled to open in spring 2016, employing 45 people.

Jérôme Le Conte, CEO of Veolia Environmental Services said: “This remarkable facility reflects our strategic commitment to the UK market and our sustainable development approach that is reflected in the construction of new waste treatment and energy recovery plants delivering exceptional environmental performance.”

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