BEaR Project Update

Dear all

The BEaR Project team would like to provide you with an update on the
procurement of the Central Bedfordshire Council Waste Treatment Contract. As previously announced, seven waste management companies were selected to submit their outline ideas for dealing with household waste.

Shortlisted bidders (in alphabetical order):

   – *AmeyCespa Limited *
   – *Covanta Energy Limited *
   – *Interserve Investments Limited *
   – *New Earth Solutions Group Limited *
   – *Veolia ES Aurora Limited** ***
   – *Viridor Waste Management Limited** ***
   – *Waste Recycling Group Limited*

Initial meetings with selected companies have come to an end and Bidders are now preparing to submit their first tender to the Council at the beginning
of February 2011. The BEaR Project team will then evaluate the technical,
financial and legal aspects of each solution, with an emphasis on the
technical elements, and expect to announce a further short list of bidders
in April 2011.

The Council must run the procurement in compliance with Public Contracts
Regulations and will not be able to release bidder specific information during the procurement if it is considered commercially sensitive and, if
disclosed, could provide another bidder(s) with a significant advantage.

The next stage of procurement is the ‘Detailed Solutions’ stage and the
Council expects to take four companies through to this next stage. The
number of bidders in competition for the waste contract will continue to
reduce through several distinct stages of evaluation until a ‘Preferred
Bidder’ is selected in the spring of 2012. The Council remains both site and
technology neutral. For more information about the Project, please visit our
website at

On behalf of the BEaR team, I shall continue to keep you updated with the
latest information. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you
need any further assistance.

Kindest regards

*Jenny Goddard*
BEaR Communications
Central Bedfordshire Council
Technology House
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands,
Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ