Yorkshire facility, converting waste into energy, underscores ‘increased exposure’ to waste sector

Ian Tyler

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £34m buildings and infrastructure contract for a new UK Mechanical Biological Treatment centre in Yorkshire.

The facility, for Shanks Waste Management in partnership with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils, will treat up to 265,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year for conversion into energy.

Balfour also said it and joint-venture partner Urbaser had now reached financial close on the £800m Essex Waste Partnership residual waste-treatment contract. The project for Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea council is a 28-year PPP deal.  

Chief executive Ian Tyler said the two projects strengthened the company’s position in the growing UK waste sector.

“They demonstrate the flexibility of our investment business model as well as our ability to harness the skills within the group to take advantage of opportunities in growth sectors,” he said.

Balfour was also recently confirmed as the preferred bidder for the Gloucestershire Residual Waste Project.