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Prestigious international award for residual waste treatment project

June 5, 2013

Representatives from the South London Waste Partnership and Viridor collect the Partnerships Award 2013.The South London Waste Partnership has won a prestigious international award for its Residual Waste Treatment project. 

Judges at the Partnerships Awards 2013 praised the “innovative response to losing PFI credits” and “welcomed the high level of partnership working between the public and private sectors”.

The Partnership was victorious in the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ category, beating a shortlist of major infrastructure projects from across the world including: Carrington Power Station (UK), The Egyptian Refining Company (Egypt), Mundaring Water Treatment Plant (Australia) and Leeds Residual Waste PFI Project (UK).

 Commenting on the South London Waste Partnership’s project, the judging panel said: “This project to treat 200,000 tonnes per year of waste is designed to achieve 92% landfill diversion, while creating up to 26MW of electricity, with a heat capacity of 20MW, which may be used to support a local district heating system.

“Having had its PFI credits withdrawn in the 2010 Spending Review, this project’s public and private sector partners have reacted positively to the challenge and have been highly successful in delivering a new scheme. Significant third-party usage of the plant has been built into the contract, which reached financial close in good time while achieving optimal and efficient risk transfer.

“Judges were impressed by the project’s innovative response to losing its PFI credits, which demonstrates how a scheme can be developed without central government investment. They welcomed the high level of partnership working between the public and private sectors as a model of what can be achieved through PPPs.”

Rachel Lewis, Chair of the South London Waste Partnership Management Group, said: “We are delighted with this award.  It is testimony to the hard work of our project team and the clear strategic vision of the councils, who eventually triumphed despite losing a huge amount of PFI investment.”

The Partnerships Awards 2013 reward those schemes, companies and individuals that have gone the extra mile to show that partnership projects are about more than saving the public purse, providing a range of other, often unquantifiable benefits to the public sector and wider community.

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