News In Brief: Biomass Delay?, Tokyo 2020, Guernsey Contract

Southampton Biomass Plant Delayed

The company behind a proposed biomass plant in Southampton has reportedly admitted that it is struggling for the funds and has already had to delay the opening of a similar plant in Bristol as a result.

Helius says it is pushing ahead with plans for the 100MW Southampton site, but those opposed to the development, and local councillors, are calling for the scheme to be scrapped so that residents are not left “in limbo”. It had hoped to secure funding for the Avonmouth (Bristol) project by last month but stated that progress had been “more difficult”.

Just One Bidder Left In Guernsey Contract

Of the five original bidders to take on the running of Guernsey’s new waste facilities at Longue Hougue, there is just one remaining, according to local press reports. The consortium of the island’s States Works and Guernsey Recycling remains as the only option, after some of the other bidders dropped out after stating that they had been unsuccessful in securing local partners for the construction and/or operation of certain facilities.

Guernsey News reported Public Services Minister, Deputy Paul Luxon, whose department is leading the procurement, as saying: “The process itself is simplified, in that instead of having competing bids we now have just one group involved. However they still have to demonstrate they can meet our requirements, set out clearly how they intend to do that, and provide evidence they will give best value for money for the island.”

The new facilities are reported to include a plant for processing food waste and a transfer station for preparing materials to be exported to an off-island energy from waste facility.

29-07-14-tokyo-logoTokyo Games Set For “Trash Island”?

The 2020 Olympic Games could be held on a man-made island of waste, according to reports. Umi-no-Mori is a mountain of waste – made up of 12.3m tonnes of the stuff – and is apparently seen by Tokyo officials as a suitable, and sustainable, venue for the Games and would see the 88 hectare site transformed with almost half a million young trees being planted. It is already home to a marine park and, should the project go ahead, it would be seen as an example of how Tokyo is “living in harmony with nature”.

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