US energy-from-waste specialist Covanta Energy has been named preferred bidder for a waste PPP scheme in the south east of England.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s PFI scheme will see Covanta develop and operate a new energy-from-waste plant over a 25-year concession period.
The value of the projects is around £250 million (€282 million; $412 million). Covanta saw-off competition from rival bidder Waste Recycling Group. The winning bidder’s proposed facility will convert around 585,000 tonnes of waste into 65 megawatts of energy each year.
The new facility is expected to be operational by 2014, subject to planning approval being received.