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Trowers & Hamlins advises AmeyCespa on significant waste treatment PPP project

Trowers & Hamlins advises AmeyCespa on significant waste treatment PPP project

Trowers & Hamlins has advised AmeyCespa on its successful bid to design, build, fund and operate a new waste treatment facility for Milton Keynes Council.  The innovative PPP deal completed on 26 June 2013, taking less than two years from start to financial close.

The new facility will deal with the Council's "black sack" waste, and will also treat some commercial waste.  AmeyCespa's bid-winning solution was procured using the competitive dialogue procurement procedure and includes mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and advanced thermal treatment technologies.  These technologies will help extract more recyclable materials, reducing landfill use by 95 per cent, and create enough renewable electricity to power 11,000 homes. 

The project is one of the first to be completed using short-term debt facilities covering the construction period with the Council repaying the contractor's capital expenditure following successful commissioning of the facility.  This model balances risk transfer during the construction phase with long-term value for money for the public sector.

Trowers advised AmeyCespa throughout the entire process on all legal aspects of its bid, including the competitive dialogue with the Council, project and finance documentation and construction and process sub-contracts.  AmeyCespa was appointed preferred bidder for the project in October 2012 which, following close in June 2013, is due to be operational in 2016.

Trowers is also acting for AmeyCespa in relation to its successful bid for the North Yorkshire Waste PFI Project, including advising on the project agreement, construction subcontracts and property arrangements.  This project, which achieved commercial close in August 2011, will provide a state-of-the-art treatment facility for North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by at least 90 per cent.  The plant includes mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste technologies and is expected to generate up to 24 megawatts of electricity. 

The cross-departmental team at Trowers advising on the Milton Keynes project includes lead partner James Hawkins, Katharine Lewis, Paul Bartter, Christopher Pedder, Suriya Edwards, Sangita Unadkat, Patrick Morris, Pamela Holt and Jennifer McDonald.

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