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Manchester Denies Problems With £3bn Waste Contract

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The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has denied it is experiencing problems finalising its £3 billion waste disposal contract with Viridor and Laing despite the deal being due to start this month.

The GMWDA’s director of procurement Tim Judson told this week that the preferred bidder negotiations with the consortium were going “well” and that it was “close” to securing the deal.

We have taken appropriate action to make sure we don’t run into financial problems associated with delay: Tim Judson, GMWDA

However, Mr Judson would not reveal a date for the signing of the colossal contract despite it being timetabled to start by the end of June and said an announcement would come following the next GMWDA meeting on June 29th.

He said: “We are still in preferred bidder negotiations and will make an announcement towards the end of this month. We are close and everything is going well. We are not going to hit the middle of this month but we will probably not be a long way off that.”

Contract Facilities:
Under the proposed contract, which is worth around £3 billion over 25 years, Viridor and Laing would be responsible for handling 1.4 million tonnes of municipal waste a year. The deal involves £300 million of capital investment in around 30-40 new waste facilities including a mechanical biological treatment plant (see story) .

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