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New energy JV says £87m EfW contract win will be 'first of many'

A new joint venture between Black & Veatch and MWH Treatment has won an £87m contract to build an energy-from-waste plant in Chesire.

The MBV Energy Recovery JV will deliver the EPC contract for the Ince Park plant; the JV said it could be the “first of several” similar EfW contract wins between now and spring 2016.

The project will be funded through a new investment group featuring Bioenergy Infrastructure Group Infracapital, Aurium Capital Markets, Foresight Group and Helios Energy Investments.

Black Veatch has a global presence in the building of energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure and last year its US revenues totalled $3bn.

MWH Treatment has a presence in the UK EfW market, winning an EPC contract on the £48m Birmingham Bio-Power plant in Tyleseley and the contract for the £52m Welland EfW plant in Northamptonshire.

The new JV builds on a close relationship between Black & Veatch and MWH Treatment, with the two companies already having partnered on the ESD JV delivering a £560 million programme for Scottish Water.

Black & Veatch’s water operations in Europe managing director Scott Aitken said: “Black & Veatch has been involved in more than 200 gigawatts of power generation projects worldwide. We have a strong record in the UK for furthering energy efficiency and power generation objectives of both private energy and water utility clients.”

“This project demonstrates our ability to bring together global power generation expertise, including renewable energy leadership and proven EPC capabilities for seamless delivery.”

The JV’s business director Ian Miller said: “The JV will enable us to build upon the success we’ve had at MWH in the waste-to-energy market, in particular the gasification projects for both Birmingham and Welland Bio Power which will be delivering some 20 MW of renewable energy to the grid.”

“The JV is a hugely exciting collaboration between two complementary organisations. It brings a broad dynamic together with experienced resources and a significant combined strength. This will enable us to satisfy a broad spectrum of market demands, and deliver projects that contribute to the UK’s renewable energy objectives as part of the future energy mix.”


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