Kelda Named Preferred Bidder For Cardiff Organic Waste Contract

The City of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils have announced Kelda Organic Energy Ltd as the preferred bidder to develop a sustainable organic waste solution in Cardiff. 

The company will develop anaerobic digestion (AD) and open windrow composting (OWC) facilities in the city, for which planning permission is already secured.

Thomas Hall, Bid Director, of Kelda Organic Energy Ltd said: “When constructed and operational the two facilities will recycle the Councils’ green and food waste in Cardiff delivering renewable energy, jobs and support to local businesses.”

With the rigorous procurement process now completed, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, City of Cardiff Council cabinet member for Environment welcomed the contract announcement. He said: “This is a hugely significant landmark for the City Council as we are committed through our One Planet Cardiff vision to meet the statutory Welsh Government (WG) targets as we work towards their ‘Zero Waste’ goal for 2050.

Cllr Bob Derbyshire, City of Cardiff Council – “This is a hugely significant landmark for the City Council as we are committed through our One Planet Cardiff vision to meet the statutory Welsh Government (WG) targets as we work towards their ‘Zero Waste’ goal for 2050″

“I am really excited by this project, it shows we are meeting the challenges of recycling the waste we all produce, head on, with innovative and sustainable technology that will revolutionise how we treat organic waste.

“I am really excited by this project, it shows we are meeting the challenges of recycling the waste we all produce, head on, with innovative and sustainable technology that will revolutionise how we treat organic waste.

“The fact that we will be able to produce sustainable sources of energy through this solution is of critical importance in the face of rising energy prices and climate change, whilst the production and sale of digestate and compost as by-products of the treatment process to farmers will contribute to a closed-loop, sustainable solution, with community benefits in the form of a “Green Learning Zone” at the AD facility forming an important part of the proposals.

“I was also very impressed by the calibre of the bids throughout the process and we are satisfied that Kelda has developed a strong technical solution, that is affordable within the Authorities’ budgets, representing excellent value for money, for the quality and complexity of the services that are required.

“I congratulate Kelda on their excellent progress on their Solution so far and look forward to watching this excellent project develop and grow into a facility we can all be proud of.”

Cllr Rob Curtis, Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services, said: “We believe that the partnering solution with Cardiff provides us with a more sustainable long term solution fully in accordance with Welsh Government preferred organic treatment technology and long term strategic vision.

“Given the strong environmental and economic advantages that this solution will deliver to the two authorities we are pleased to be able to share these benefits and looking forward to working with Cardiff to deliver this sustainable solution. I too would congratulate Kelda on the progress they have made.”

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