Cornwall Council and SITA sign the deal
The Portfolio Holder, Lance Kennedy, who is the Councillor responsible for waste, today sent a letter to his fellow Cornwall Councillors telling the PFI contract between the Council and SITA has been signed.
The letter is as follows:
I am writing to inform you that the Council and SITA UK have today signed the revised project plan for the integrated waste management contract.
The 30 year PFI contract is to manage the treatment and disposal of all of Cornwall Council’s household waste and recycling. Key to the contract is the design, build, finance and operation of an energy-from-waste facility in St Dennis with a capacity of up to 240,000 tonnes per year, which will generate electricity for the equivalent of around 21,000 homes.
As you are aware the contract was originally signed in October 2006. However, following delays in getting planning permission to build an energy-from-waste facility a contract variation was required. This has now been signed, with the funding for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre project being provided by a range of banks.
This facility, which has planning permission and an Environmental Permit, is expected to be operational in 2016.