Bradford council is expected to sign its 12-year residual waste contract, worth up to £165 million, with the West Yorkshire business Associated Waste Management (AWM), next month (June).
AWM was named preferred bidder for the contract last month (see letsrecycle.com story), through which it will process up to 150,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.
Under the contract, much of the waste will be sent to AWM’s £17.5 million waste facility in Stourton, south Leeds for processing into a waste-derived fuel.
The Stourton facility is licensed to process up to 250,000 tonnes of waste per year, giving AWM a combined processing capacity of 875,000 tonnes per year, the company claims.
A significant portion of the waste will be sent to the Ferrybridge 2 Multifuel energy from waste facility in West Yorkshire, currently under development by the energy provider SSE.
The £300 million Ferrybridge 2 plant, which is expected to open in 2019, will have the capacity to treat up to 675,000 tonnes of RDF per year
Tim Shapcott, business development director for AWM, said: “Signing of the latest contract will hopefully take place in June 2017, helping to pave the way for AWM to break ground into new engineered fuel markets to compete in the renewables sector both in the UK and overseas.”
Bradford tendered for the contract in 2015, after plans to build an EfW facility on a site at Bowling Back Lane were abandoned. The project had previously been awarded £62 million in PFI credits by the government, with a consortium led by Skanska appointed to lead the project. But in 2013, the department withdrew its support.
In 2015/16 the council sent close to 17% (39,150 tonnes) of its waste to landfill, whilst 40.5% was sent for energy recovery.