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Essex Waste Partnership announce PFI shortlist

Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council today announced the shortlist of three organisations who will be invited to submit detailed proposals for the treatment of residual waste.

The three short listed companies are for the £100M scheme are:

  • Resources from Waste
  • SkanskaCory
  • Urbaser

The three consortia were selected from a long list of six who submitted outline solutions. The councils are jointly procuring the long term service using the new Competitive Dialogue process and have been allocated £100M of PFI credits to help fund the costs of the new infrastructure.

The final three will now be asked to develop detailed solutions for further discussion with the councils. The councils intend to announce their preferred bidder before in October 2011 and with the new facility opening in September 2014.

The short listed organisations have been chosen on the basis of their performance at the Outline Solution stage. These organisations will now be invited to continue through the competitive dialogue process and submit their Detailed Solutions by December 2010.

The Essex Waste Partnership comprises of Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The councils are jointly procuring waste treatment facilities and have been allocated £100.9M of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits by the Government to help fund the costs.

The 25 year contract includes the development of a facility to treat up to 377,000T of residual municipal waste per year.

The Partnership’s PFI application featured Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) as its reference technology. MBT recovers materials which can be recycled and then composts the remaining waste so that it will produce less methane once in landfill. This means that significantly less greenhouse gases are released and so it’s better for the environment.

The Essex Waste Partnership had to identify a reference site for a waste treatment facility in order to secure Government funding. The reference site was identified as being at Courtauld Road in Basildon, Essex.

The shortlisted organisations are also able to put forward the use of any alternative sites that could meet the Partnership’s needs. Any proposals put forward by the successful bidder will go through a stringent planning process where members of the public will be invited to comment and give their views.

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