Bucks names WRG preferred bidder in EfW deal U-turn

The Northampton-based waste management firm WRG was officially named as the preferred bidder at a meeting of Buckinghamshire council’s cabinet on November 29), which could see WRG develop a 300,000 tonnes-a-year capacity plant at its Calvert landfill site in the north of the county.

The announcement comes in the wake of Buckinghamshire having originally selected energy-from-waste specialist Covanta Energy as preferred bidder for the deal ahead of WRG in September 2009 and were Covanta’s only potential customer to date !

Buckinghamshire was forced to reopen negotiations for the contract in March 2010 after an undisclosed “commercial matter” was brought to the council’s attention by Covanta.

The announcement coincides with Bedford Borough Council also submitting an official objection to the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) over the Covanta proposal – with the local authority contesting the size, location and technology proposed.