Monday, April 2, 2012

News: 3SE signs BDR waste PFI contract


Confident in receiving planning permission for a new recycling plant at Manvers, operator 3SE has signed a 25 year contract worth in excess of £750m with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) councils for the treatment of black bag waste.

Shanks Group plc, one of Europe's leading waste management businesses, joined in partnership with SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) to progress plans to use three sites to treat waste with a new facility adjacent to the NEXT warehouse at Brookfield's Park, designed to create material suitable for recovery and recycling.

The facility would receive up to 265,000 tonnes per annum and treat leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. The three councils secured £77m through the Private Finance Initiative for the scheme.

Subject to planning permission being granted, Shanks will build a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility at Bolton Road, Manvers by 2015. This plant will process municipal solid and organic waste into recycled products, solid recovered fuel (SRF) and biogas for energy generation, and digestate for compost and fertilizer. Shanks will operate the facility over the 25-year period of the contract until 2040.

The Rotherham facility will be one of the first where Shanks has delivered an MBT and an AD plant on the same site which will also treat a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils.

Peter Dilnot, chief executive of Shanks Group plc, said: "We are delighted that our joint venture, 3SE, has reached financial close on the BDR PFI contract. This contract combines Shanks' established expertise in advanced and sustainable waste processing with SSE's leadership in sustainable energy generation.

"Working together with the three councils we will maximise recycling and green energy production from waste."

The planning board meet on Thursday to discuss the plans and are being recommended by planning officers to grant planning permission for the facility.

BDR Waste Partnership website



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