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Shanks, Brickkiln & Sisk Consortium Appointed Preferred Bidder

 The Councils of the North West Region Waste Management Group (NWRWMG) have agreed to appoint a consortium consisting of Shanks, Brickkiln and Sisk as its preferred bidder in a £500m procurement exercise to deliver modern waste facilities.

In December 2012 the NWRWMG’s Joint Committee recommended the consortium as the preferred bidder to its seven constituent Councils.  Following a period of consideration, all seven Councils have now approved the NWRWMG’s recommendation.

The consortium, known as SBS Waste Partnership, will now enter a final period of fine tuning with the NWRWMG in preparation for the signature of the contract to deliver a mix of Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and gasification technologies.

Cllr. Evelyn Robinson, Chair of the NWRWMG’s Joint Committee, said:

“The NWRWMG has been developing proposals to bring European best practice in waste management to Northern Ireland’s north-west region for almost a decade.  The proposed new facilities will maximise recycling rates, improve the environment and generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 6,000 homes annually.


“The technologies proposed – which already operate in towns and cities across Europe – will ensure that ratepayers avoid potential EU fines for failure to divert waste from landfill, and create 200 construction jobs and 40 full-time posts once operational.


“This is one of Northern Ireland’s largest ever procurement exercises and I am delighted that the north-west is on course to become the Province’s most environmentally friendly region in the area of waste management.”

Tommy McGlinchey, Managing Director of Brickkiln Waste Ltd on behalf of SBS Waste Partnership, said: 

“SBS Waste Partnership is pleased to have been selected as Preferred Bidder to help the Councils of the NWRWMG make more from waste and to assist the group in meeting their diversion of waste from landfill obligation.


“Much work remains to be done to deliver our approved and tested solution, and we look forward to working closely with NWRWMG in the coming weeks and months to move the project forward.”

SBS Waste Partnership is made up of local and international expertise in the waste sector.  The companies involved are Brickkiln Waste Ltd, John Sisk & Son Ltd and Shanks Waste Management Ltd.  Brickkiln is a Derry-based firm specialising in waste management and civil engineering, Sisk is an international construction company based in Dublin while Shanks is an international waste management business.

Pending signature of the contract between NWRWMG and the preferred bidder, and the award of an operating licence to the consortium, it is expected that the first of the facilities will become operational in 2015 with commissioning of the full plant by late 2016. 

A video, ‘The Future of Waste Resource Management’, which explains the new technologies in more detail, can be viewed on the NWRWMG website:

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