A consortium headed by SITA UK has been made preferred bidder for Merseyside’s £1.18 billion resource recovery contract.
SITA SEMBCORP UK will manage over 430,000 tonnes of residual waste over the 30-year contract with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority.
Other consortium members include Sembcorp Utilities UK and I-Environment, which is a division of Itochu Corporation.
As a result of the contract, a new rail link will be constructed in Knowsley, Merseyside to provide the residual waste for an energy from waste plant being constructed by SITA UK in Teeside.
SITA UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are delighted to be selected as preferred bidder for this major contract in Merseyside.
“This is great news for Merseyside, for the environment and for new jobs. The two new facilities that we will develop will enable all of Merseyside’s household waste to be put to good use.
“We will create over 70 new full time jobs in Merseyside and Teeside and several hundred more during the construction of our new resource recovery facilities.”
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority chairperson Cllr Joe DeAsha said: “The appointment of SITA SEMBCORP UK as our preferred bidder marks the beginning of an important chapter in the way Merseyside and Halton deals with its resources. I believe that the solution we have chosen is the best for the environment – saving natural resources, generating green electricity and providing value for money for taxpayers.”