22 August 2012 - Two bidders have now made the shortlist to become the contractor who will build and operate a waste treatment facility in North Wales for 25 years.
Waste management firm SITA UK and incineration specialist Wheelabrator have made the shortlist for ‘The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP)’, beating out a number of strong competitors such as Veolia Ltd.
The waste treatment plant is being procured on behalf of the five councils covering Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey.
Once completed, the facility will be capable of processing around 150,000 tonnes of residual household waste from the five counties per year – this meets with the Welsh Government’s target of recycling 70% of all its waste by 2025.
The project will receive £142.7 million in funding from the Welsh Government in the form of a £5.72 million subsidy each year over the service period of the contract, which adds up to a total investment of between £600-800 million over 25 years.
The final bidder will be selected in 2013, with the facility first needing to get planning permission and an environmental permit before it commences operation in 2017.