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Costain wins major waste plant contract

Costain has been named preferred contractor for Europe's largest waste PFI concession.

A joint venture of John Laing and waste contractor Viridor is preparing to sign the £3bn contract to deliver the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority's (GMWDA) waste services for the next 25 years in March.

The joint venture has selected Costain to build £330M of new waste facilities. These will include five mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants, two materials recovery facilities, four in-vessel composting plants, five transfer loading stations and 17 waste recycling centres.

A £7M advance works order has already been signed by Viridor/Laing and Costain so the contractor can begin detailed design work.

A Viridor spokesman said: "Costain will be providing a variety of facilities for us. It will be building new and improved domestic waste recycling centres across all Greater Manchester.

"On two of the main operational sites [at Longley Road and Bredbury Parkway, Stockport] we will also be building two education centres, which will focus on education related to best practice for waste management and the technologies present on the site."

One of the last remaining hurdles to agreeing the PFI terms in March is the agreement of the price of the refuse derived fuel produced by the MBT plants.

This will be sold to a nearby third-party site hoping to use the energy provided by the MBT plants.

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