Bevan Brittan advises Viridor on landmark green energy project in Wales

Bevan Brittan's market leading Green Energy Team has advised Viridor Waste Management Limited on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Contract with Cardiff Council who are acting on behalf Prosiect Gwyrdd - a partnership of five local authorities from across South Wales.

13/12/2013

Nadeem Arshad

Nadeem Arshad

Partner

Bevan Brittan's market leading Green Energy Team has advised Viridor Waste Management Limited on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Contract with Cardiff Council who are acting on behalf Prosiect Gwyrdd - a partnership of five local authorities from across South Wales.

The PPP contract will see 172,000 tonnes of waste per year from the five authorities treated at Viridor’s Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Trident Park in Cardiff.

The EfW is currently under construction and Bevan Brittan also advised Viridor in March 2012 on the £223 million Engineering Procurement and Construction Contract with CNIM/ Lagan Construction.

The EfW operating at its full capacity of 350,000 tonnes will generate 28 MW of renewable power by producing electricity, enough energy to provide 50,000 households with their entire electric needs. Viridor is also working with Cardiff Council on future plans for a district heating network which could increase the power generation through electricity and heat to 43MW.

Bevan Brittan's advice to Viridor at this merchant EfW facility has included the PPP procurement, the EPC arrangements, judicial review and planning matters.

Lead Bevan Brittan Partner for the project Nadeem Arshad commented:

"This is the first waste PPP project in Wales to have received Welsh Government funding towards a waste treatment solution at an EfW facility of this kind. The facility will be R1 compliant and we are delighted to have advised Viridor on the project. It will result in the diversion of significant amounts of waste away from landfill and generate renewable energy."

Commenting on the project, Louise Shaw, Senior Commercial Solicitor at Viridor's parent company, Pennon Group PLC, said:

"Bevan Brittan provided a quality legal service throughout the procurement working seamlessly with the Viridor in house legal team contributing significantly to the success of this project."

The development adds to the portfolio of recyclable and energy infrastructure that Bevan Brittan's Green Energy Team has advised on in the UK. Other key recent deals include acting for a biomass plant developer, Balcas during the summer on the first Green Investment Bank funded project in Scotland.

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