Veolia Environmental Services has been announced as the preferred bidder for Staffordshire County Council’s £1bn PFI project.
VES has proposed the use of a state-of-the-art energy recovery facility to treat the waste, which will not only serve Staffordshire but will also assist Sandwell, Walsall and Warwickshire with their residual waste management needs.
The facility is designed to handle 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, generating 23MW of electricity – enough to power 32,000 households. Staffordshire County Council has calculated that the plant will save it £250m over the 25-year lifetime of the project.
VES worldwide chief executive Denis Gasquet, said: “Our proposal contributes towards the county council’s Waste to Resource project and its overall target of aiming towards ‘zero waste’ to landfill by 2020. We look forward to signing the contract with the County Council in due course and then developing a well-designed facility which complements the surrounding area.”
A site on the Four Ashes Industrial Estate has been selected to house the facility and planning permission has been granted for the site since 2008. Building is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration and infrastructure, Robert Marshall added: “The Waste to Resource project is all about prudent investment in the future. Veolia have had to make their case in an intensely competitive and demanding process and we believe the company has demonstrated the best value for the tax payer and top quality technological and environmental credentials.”
Staffordshire County Council already recycles 44% of its waste.