The number of bidders for the Welsh waste treatment contract known as Prosiect Gwyrdd has narrowed to three, after Waste Recycling Group (WRG) announced its withdrawal from the procurement process.
WRG’s withdrawal, according to the project, “relates to the company not being in a position to submit a proposal at the next stage which will meet WRG’s high standards and do justice to the partnership requirements”.
The remaining bidders for the contract are Covanta Energy, Veolia ES Aurora and Viridor Waste Management, which are proposing energy-from-waste facilities.
Prosiect Gwyrdd senior responsible officer Rob Quick said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose any participant at this stage. WRG has explained its reasons and we accept that it had no option but to withdraw. On a positive note, we have three strong bidders still in the procurement each offering very competitive and exciting solutions.”
When complete, Prosiect Gwyrdd is expected to treat 200,000 tonnes of residual waste from Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly and Newport. The project has been partially funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, which will contribute almost 25% of the future gate fee – an approximate £9m.