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West of England Partnership bids for PFI credits

A joint bid for private finance initiative (PFI) credits has been made by Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to support phase three of their joint waste strategy.

The West of England Waste and Planning Partnership sent its Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) for approval in early April.

Under the plans the three authorities will procure a residual waste facility to be operational by 2015, with a capacity of 160,000 tonnes a year. Energy from waste will be used as a benchmark to measure industry proposals by.

If the Government approves the EoI, an outline business case will be submitted by October 2008. Invitations to tender for the project will follow this. The authorities said that they will not favour a particular technology but added the successful bidder should offer heat and power generation.

Prior to the procurement and operation of the 160,000 tonne capacity facility, the partnership will procure a short to medium term waste solution. This will include a fourth member of the group, Bath & North East Somerset, which is not bidding for PFI credits. This scheme could use mechanical biological treatment or autoclaves. 

The partnership is also examining options for other types of waste facilities, including business waste, and will consult on its preferred options later this year.

Image: Energy from waste is not specifically favoured by the authorities but they added that the successful bidder should offer heat and power generation.

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