The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project has appointed Wheelabrator Technologies as preferred bidder for a contract to manage non-recyclable domestic waste.
The project represents an investment of between £600-800m over its 25-lifetime.
All five local authorities within the partnership (Gwynedd, the Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils), have individually approved the appointment.
Wheelabrator will have to manage up to 150,000 tonnes of waste that will not be recycled or composted.
The council partnership formed to divert non-recyclable household waste from landfill as the Welsh Government’s statutory targets require local authorities to recycle at least 70% of household waste by 2025, and to landfill no more than 5% of the residual waste.
The partnership has a view to reward the contract during the summer. Wheelabrator will also begin the important process of consulting with local residents around the site, with the intention to submit a planning application later in 2014.
A Wheelabrator statement said it is proposing “to build and operate an efficient, modern and high-performing energy recovery facility at a currently undeveloped site adjacent to the Shotton Paper Mill, at the heart of the Deeside Industrial Park”.
Gary Aguinaga, vice president, UK operations at Wheelabrator, said: “We know that concerns have been expressed about elements of this project and we now need to earn people’s trust by communicating openly, showing how this proven technology works and explaining how tightly regulated our operations will be.
“The health and well-being of the community, our staff and the natural environment will be our priorities from day one.”