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Project W2R Waste to Recycling Residual Waste Treatment Facility

Project W2R (Waste to Resources) Residual Waste Treatment Facility

Private Finance Initiative - Final Business Case

The Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent published in May 2007 demonstrates the need for the development of a municipal waste treatment facility in the South of the County to achieve the objective of Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020.

To that end, we have implemented Project W2R (Waste to Resources) comprising the development of the treatment solution that will substantially contribute to the delivery of sustainable waste management in the County, and help further the same objectives in the neighbouring Authorities of Warwickshire, Sandwell and Walsall.

Project W2R constitutes the design, construction and operation, of a 300,000 tpa Energy from Waste Plant (EfW) to convert residual waste from the Authorities of Staffordshire (lead), Warwickshire, Sandwell and Walsall, primarily into electricity.

We have undertaken extensive work to identify a site suitable for the development of an EfW facility. This site is located at Four Ashes in South Staffordshire, and has the benefit of excellent transport links. The site will be a brown field development with industrial neighbours in an area known for its industrial land use.

To help fund the project and to reduce the cost to Staffordshire's Council Tax Payers, the County applied to Central Government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for funding under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.

An Expression of Interest (EoI) was submitted to Defra in September 2007 and was approved in November. This was developed into a more detailed Outline Business Case (OBC) which was submitted to Defra in March 2008 and was approved in July 2008.

We completed it's procurement for the facility in June 2010 and Veolia ES Aurora Ltd was confirmed as Preferred Bidder for the contract.

We prepared their Final Business Case on the basis of Veolia's bid and this was submitted to and approved by Defra in July 2010.

The contract was signed with Veolia on 29 July 2010.

You can find the Final Business Case document below:

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