Birmingham waste-to-energy contract faces court challenge

Birmingham City Council has awarded an £800 million waste disposal contract to two subsidiaries of Generale des Eaux, Onyx UK and Esys-Montenay. But the contract, which includes the construction of an £85 million incinerator, may be challenged in the courts by another bidder.

The joint venture between Onyx and the council covers the collection, incineration and recycling of 450,000 tonnes of waste annually for the next 25 years.

The central feature of the contract is a new municipal waste incinerator to replace an existing plant at Tysely. Provided planning permission is obtained, the new plant should be operational by December 1996, when stricter emission limits come into force.

The plant, due to be buil

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