Five local authorities in the principality are set to bring the South-East Wales residual waste management PPP to market in the coming weeks.
Industry sources say that they expect the scheme - known as Prosiect Gwyrdd, or Project Green in English - to have a tender notice issued on OJEU before the end of November.
A planned new facility will service five Welsh councils and will be expected to handle more than 200,000 tonnes of residual waste per annum.
The five authorities are:
- Vale of Glamorgan
The project, whose precise value is not yet known, will be supported by the Welsh Assembly through a financing structure understood to be similar to the English PFI model.
The procuring authorities are understood to be open to all technologies. However, the Welsh Assembly favours the use of energy from waste (EfW) for the treatment of residual waste.
Viridor has already submitted a planning application for an EfW plant in Cardiff which could be used for the project should it win the concession.
Grant Thornton is providing legal advice for the authorities, Pinsent Masons is acting as legal adviser, while technical advice comes from Parsons Brinckerhoff.
This article first appeared on www.ijonline.com