Fladgate advises Swiss construction company on tenth project success in the UK

Our team: Matthew Williams, Eddie Powell, Gillian Birkby, David Weare, David Baverstock

Fladgate LLP has acted for Zurich based client Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) on an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth in excess of £100m, to deliver an energy from waste (EfW) facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

A new EfW plant is to be built at the site of the Millerhill Zero Waste Parc, in Midlothian.  The contract for the turnkey facility, which is based on HZI’s in-house combustion and flue gas treatment technologies, has been awarded to a joint venture consisting of HZI and the Spanish FCC Medio Ambiente S.A.  The EfW plant has been procured by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils under a public-private partnership arrangement with FCC E&M Ltd, a subsidiary of FCC Environment (UK) Ltd, in order to divert waste from landfill as targeted in Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan.

The plant will handle around 155,000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from the Scottish capital and the surrounding Midlothian Council area every year, and will be capable of supplying electricity up to some 32,000 households.  The delivered waste will be mechanically pre-treated in order to separate ferrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling.

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

Fladgate’s team comprised David Weare (construction partner), Matthew Williams (real estate partner), Eddie Powell (IP partner), Gillian Birkby (construction consultant), Chris Farrell (construction associate) and David Baverstock (corporate associate).

Commenting on the project, Fladgate’s head of construction, Alan Woolston, 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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