AN ITALIAN company has been chosen to build the new Manvers waste plant – and will be contracted to the job before planning permission has been sought, or granted.
The value of the building contract with Ecodeco Technology tops £22.7m, and the company will also receive royalties from Shanks – whose specialist waste organisation, 3SE will operate the plant – for every ton of waste processed.
The amount of the royalties, however, has not been revealed.
The planning process for the composting unit will now not begin until the Autumn, months later than planned.
Operator 3SE will handle black and grey bin waste from the boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
It won the Manvers bid earlier this year, after beating off alternative plans for an incinerator on the site, and now intends to process the bin waste to produce a solid, recovered fuel.
An anaerobic digestion plant will also produce sustainable energy and a bio-compost. The solid fuel compost will be sent to a yet-to-be developed multi-fuel plant adjoining Ferrybridge power station, where it will help generate electricity.
Grange Lane transfer station at Barnsley will be used to hold waste in bulk, with a shredding operation to be set up.
A spokeswoman for the Barnsley Doncaster Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership said: “EcoDeco holds the worldwide patent for certain key elements of this technology.
“The technology has a proven track record of delivering in the UK and in Europe, and there are no equivalent UK suppliers.
Shanks has a long-established agreement with EcoDeco to provide this equipment in the UK market”.
She added: “We are currently in the fine-tuning stage following the announcement of 3SE as the preferred bidder.
“These discussions will finalise the contractual terms on which 3SE will be appointed.
“Final award of the contract will take place at financial close of the project, after which a planning application will be submitted”.
No details regarding the numbers and routes of wagons travelling to and from the waste site have yet been revealed.
Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has called for scrutiny of the traffic plans, which locals fear will lead to pollution and congestion on the area’s already-choked road network.
Dearne Valley campaigners celebrated winning the battle against an incinerator, but have growing concern about the suitability of the site within an “eco-park”, and a tight cluster of communities.
Bolton resident Sue Sharpe said: “We still feel this is not the right place for a waste scheme of this size – the infrastructure just isn’t good enough”.
The group continues to meet to consider the unfolding process, while awaiting further details from the future planning application.