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Streetlighting deal flickers

Oldham and Rochdale Councils have deselected the Community Lighting Partnership (CLP) - a joint venture between E.On, Land Securities and consultant Pell Frischmann - as preferred bidder for their jointly procured streetlighting PFI.

The news, according the NCE’s sister publication Infrastructure Journal, would see CLP and the other previously shortlisted bidder Scottish Southern Electric (SSE) to resubmit bids for the £67M project.

Oldham and Rochdale is understood to have taken the decision after becoming frustrated by perceived stalling tactics by CLP to bring the project to financial close. A new preferred bidder should be in place by the thrid quarter of 2010.

The structure of CLP has changed considerably over the past year with Land Securities de-merging Trillium - it’s property investment and services arm - and Eon moving from the role of equity provider to sub-contractor.

CLP was named preferred bidder for the project in March last year.

The project involves upgrading around 30,000 streetlights across the two authorities with construction lasting five years and a 20-year maintenance period, plus update work on bollards and road signs.

Mouchel acts as project manager for the scheme.

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