Fladgate advises Swiss construction company on eighth UK project success

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Fladgate LLP has acted for Zurich based client Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) on an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Mercia Waste Management to deliver a thermal energy from waste (EfW) facility near Kidderminster.

Mercia, which is a 50/50 joint venture between FCC Environment Services (UK) and Urbaser, signed a waste management services PFI Contract with the councils of Herefordshire and Worcestershire in December 1998 for 25 years.

HZI said the Hartlebury plant, which was granted planning permission in July 2012, represents the new generation of EfW facilities that are part of sustainable waste management.

On behalf of Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, Mercia will treat 200,000 tonnes a year of non-recyclable waste and generate electricity sufficient to power 43,000 homes in the region. The construction phase of the project will take 33 months with commissioning of the plant due in the spring of 2017.

HZI CTO Katsuhisa Tsuji said, “The strength of HZI to provide overall optimised solutions based on thorough technology know-how and complex project management experience has led to this most recent success”.

Zurich-based HZI is a global leader in energy from waste, operating as part of the Hitachi Zosen Corporation Group.

Commenting on the project, Fladgate’s head of construction, Gillian Birkby, said: “We have advised HZI on a number of successful projects in the UK with a combined contract value of over £3bn. We are delighted that they have secured yet another contract which will deliver sustainable benefits”.

Fladgate’s cross firm Projects, PPP and PFI team consists of a number of partners in the corporate, commercial and construction teams, all of whom have considerable experience in projects and with major public procurements. The team has a particular specialism in renewable energy projects and combined heat and power/heat networks.

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