The initial seven preferred bidders were announced last year (ENDS Report 356, pp 16-17 ). Three have since pulled out - Viridor's pyrolysis/gasification plant in Exeter, WasteGen's pyrolysis facility in Northamptonshire and Fairport Engineering's "mechanical and heat treatment process" in Lancashire. DEFRA hopes to have three of the others running by March.
The second set of bidders was chosen in June, although details only emerged in November in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Bill Wiggin MP.
All are subject to due diligence, planning and permitting requirements: