A joint venture between Interserve and Shanks Group has entered into an agreement with Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils to build and operate a waste treatment facility in the city under a 27-year, £950m contract.
The contract is expected to make a significant contribution to the local economy, with about 250 workers to be recruited for the construction and a further 34 permanent positions created once the facilities are operational.
The project will be administered by Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd (RRS), a special purpose vehicle, which has agreed funding terms on the transaction and will now begin construction of the new facility.
RRS has been providing interim waste management services to the residents of Derby and Derbyshire since 2009 working with the councils to secure planning permission for the new facility.
International support services and construction group Interserve will now start building the £145m mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility and an on-site gasification plant in Sinfin, south Derby, which waste management specialist Shanks will operate, alongside Derby’s existing waste management facilities.
It is expected to divert up to 98 per cent of residents’ residual waste from landfill, while also generating enough green electricity to power approximately 14,000 houses. This electricity will be supplied to the national grid, offsetting the cost of the waste treatment to the councils.
Non-recourse debt funding of up to £195m is being raised by RRS through the UK Green Investment Bank and two international banks, BayernLB and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
The facility is expected to be completed by April 2017, at which point Shanks and Interserve will each inject £18m of subordinated debt into the special purpose vehicle.
Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “The county council is facing massive budget cuts and our current landfill bill is one we cannot afford in the future.
“We do not know how much landfill will cost in coming years but it certainly won’t cost less than it does now.
“This waste treatment facility will give us certainty about the cost of managing waste in the future, help us to manage our budgets and protect us from future rises in the cost of landfill – including landfill tax which is currently set at £80 a tonne.”
Peter Dilnot, group chief executive of Shanks Group, added: “The Derby contract is an important part of our growth strategy for the UK municipal division and the introduction of gasification technology also adds an important dimension to the group’s portfolio of clean waste-to-product technologies.”
Interserve chief executive Adrian Ringrose said the facility would help both councils significantly increase their recycling rates, reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites and boost Derbyshire’s local economy.