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Interserve-Shanks joint venture to finance, build and operate new waste treatment centre in Derby

by Interserve Press Office | Aug 21, 2014

Interserve-Shanks JV to finance, build and operate new waste treatment centre in DerbyA joint venture between Interserve plc and Shanks Group plc has entered into an agreement with Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils to build and operate a new waste treatment facility in the city under a 27 year, £950 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract.

The project will be delivered by Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd (‘RRS’), a special purpose vehicle (SPV), which has agreed funding terms on the transaction and will now begin construction of the new facility. RRS has been providing interim waste management services to the residents of Derby and Derbyshire since 2009 working with the councils to secure planning permission for the new facility.

International support services and construction group Interserve will now start building the £145 million Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility and an on-site gasification plant in Sinfin, south Derby, which waste management specialist Shanks will operate, alongside Derby’s existing waste management facilities.

The new facility is expected to divert up to 98 per cent of residents’ residual waste from landfill, while also generating enough green electricity to power approximately 14,000 homes. This electricity will be supplied to the national grid, offsetting the cost of the waste treatment to the Councils.

Non- recourse debt funding of up to £195 million is being raised by RRS through the UK Green Investment Bank and two leading international banks; BayernLB and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

The new facility is expected to be completed by April 2017, at which point Shanks and Interserve will each inject £18 million of subordinated debt into the SPV.

The contract will make a significant contribution to the local economy: approximately 250 people will be recruited to work on construction and a further 34 permanent positions will be created once the facilities are operational.

Adrian Ringrose, Chief Executive of Interserve plc said:

“This facility will help both councils significantly increase their recycling rates, reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites and boost Derbyshire’s local economy.”

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said:

“The county council is facing massive budget cuts and our current landfill bill is one we cannot afford in the future. We do not know how much landfill will cost in coming years but it certainly won’t cost less than it does now. This waste treatment facility will give us certainty about the cost of managing waste in the future, help us to manage our budgets and protect us from future rises in the cost of landfill - including Landfill Tax which is currently set at £80 a tonne.”

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For further information please contact:

Interserve Press Office
0118 932 0123

Karen Lewis or Peter Haddock
Edson Evers
01785 255146

About Interserve

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.1 billion and a workforce of over 75,000 people worldwide. Website:
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About Shanks

Shanks Group is a leading international waste to product business.

The Group uses a range of cost-effective sustainable technologies to make valuable products from what is thrown away. We produce green energy, recovered fuel, recycled commodities and organic fertiliser.

Shanks meets the growing need from public and private sectors to manage waste sustainably without damaging the environment. Our solutions reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycle natural resources and limit fossil fuel dependency.

Shanks operates in four divisions that reflect our markets: Solid, Hazardous, Organics and UK Municipal. It has operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK and Canada and employs around 3,600 people.

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