23 May 2014

FCC set for Wigan residual waste contract

By Michael Holder

FCC Environment is thought to have beaten Viridor to take pole position for a contract with Wigan borough council, which will see the firm manage the authoritys residual waste from April 2015.

Wigan council's waste could be sent to the Ferrybridge Multiuel EfW plant under the new contract

Wigan council’s waste could be sent to the Ferrybridge Multiuel EfW plant under the new contract

Under the contract, FCC is expected to send Wigans waste to Ferrybridge Multifuel Energy Ltds 300 million energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in West Yorkshire, for which FCC already has several long-term deals to send Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). A contract would also include running the boroughs Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

The Multifuel facility a joint venture between renewable energy and gas supplier SSE Plc and EfW firm Wheelabrator Technologies Inc is being developed at the site of the SSE Ferrybridge power station. It will have the capacity to process 500,000 tonnes of material per year when it becomes operational in summer 2015.


But, on a more positive note for Viridor, the firm has been successful in securing a materials recycling facility (MRF) contract with Wigan borough council to process dry recyclables.

Four companies Covanta, FCC Environment, SITA UK and Viridor were originally shortlisted by Wigan council for the residual waste contract in November 2012, with just FCC and Viridor invited to submit a final tender in June 2013.

However, FCC is thought to have won out by offering a more competitive price for treating waste at the Ferrybridge Multifuel EfW with the gate fee for the facility perhaps as low as 50-60 per tonne.

A spokesman for Wigan council told letsrecycle.com that the contract decision will be announced this summer and could not comment on any decision to send the waste to Ferrybridge.


With fewer long-term residual waste contracts coming up for tender in the UK, the Wigan award will be significant in a wider battle for long term energy from waste feedstock. In its tender, Viridor is believed to have proposed that Wigans waste would be treated at the Ineos Chlor Runcorn 850,000 tonnes per year capacity EfW plant, which began burning non-recyclable material earlier this year (see letsrecycle.com story).

The current residual waste and HWRC contract with Wigan is held by FCC and runs until March next year. At present the majority of the councils waste is sent to the companys RDF and waste transfer facility at Kirkless in the borough. FCC has an RDF baling plant at Kirkless where a variety of waste is shredded for RDF usage including bulky waste from HWRCs.

This contract was awarded in 2000 to Waste Recycling Group a firm which was subsequently acquired by Spanish-owned FCC in 2006 for 1.4 billion to form FCC in the UK.

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