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NLWA seeks bidders for flagship PFI contract

Apr 09, 2010
The North London Waste Authority will be holding a Procurement Information Day for companies interested in its 25-35 year PFI Waste Services Contract and Fuel Use Contract.

The announcement follows confirmation last month that the contract is to be supported by £258.4 million in Private Finance Initiative credits from Defra. The NLWA is the statutory waste disposal authority for the North London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

The NLWA is looking to develop a network of new and refurbished waste treatment facilities and to establish a fuel use which optimises energy recovery from solid recovered fuel.  Together, these facilities will handle around 3% of the national municipal waste tonnage by 2045. The innovative procurement process will include the opportunity for companies to separately bid for the Waste Services Contract and Fuel Use Contract.

Both contracts are expected to be awarded in 2012, with the Waste Services contract to commence in 2016 and the Fuel Use contract to be operational by 2017.

The OJEU Notice will be issued in due course, but Companies wishing to learn more about the procurement opportunities will be invited to attend the Procurement Information Day on Wednesday 21 April 2010. Potential bidders wishing to attend should in the first instance submit an initial expression of interest to procurement@nlwa.gov.uk by Wednesday 14 April 2010. Further details will then be confirmed. 

Notes to Editors

Today's announcement relates to a Government PFI award to the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed in March.

The NLWA was established in 1986 and is the statutory waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. Those 7 Boroughs are the waste collection authorities.

The Authority manages the disposal of approximately 900,000 tonnes of municipal waste per annum. This is expected to grow to more than 1 million tonnes in the future partially as a result of housing growth.

Currently waste disposal services are delivered through a contract with LondonWaste Limited - a company which is wholly owned by the Authority. Currently more than a quarter of North London's waste is recycled with the majority of the rest going to the Energy from Waste plant at Edmonton and landfill sites in the Home Counties.

The 8 North London authorities (NLWA and 7 Boroughs) have agreed a joint municipal waste management strategy which includes an ambition for 50% of North London's waste to be recycled and a significant reduction of waste that goes to landfill.

Details of the Authority's plans to secure a new future contract and a 'reference project' on new facilities are set out in an Outline Business Case.

The NLWA will shortly be publishing contract notices to prospective bidders in the Official Journal of the European Union. There will be separate contracts for waste services and fuel use.

For further information please contact Keith Harper, Communications Manager, North London Waste Authority on 020 8489 4360 or keith.harper@nlwa.gov.uk.