A consortium of Greek construction company, Aktor and Greek infrastructure developer, companies, Helektor has won a contract to build a 410,000 tonne per year mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility which will produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
According to a report by the Sofia Globe Sofia City Hall picked the consortium despite offering a higher price of 213.5 million leva ($143.4 million) because it offered a lower cost for processing waste - 60.69 leva ($40.77) per tonne, compared to the 72.43 ($48.66) leva per tonne offered by the second-placed bidder, Sadinata 2012 consortium.
The report said that the contract marks the second phase of the planned waste processing facility which will serve Bulgaria's capital city.
The decision to select the Aktor-Helektor consortium was also reported to be influenced by the significantly lower amount of waste that would be landfilled, which was in line with City Hall targets. City Hall said that the RDF produced by the plant will be used by the city’s heating utility, Toplofikatsiya Sofia, and will reduce the company's use of natural gas by at least 10%, the city hall said in a statement.
According to the report the two consortiums were the only ones whose bids were deemed to meet the tender criteria, with three others disqualified. Aktor-Helektor is reported to have 19 months from the signing of the contract to build the plant.
The plant is constructed and in a one year trial operation since September 2015. The construction and trial operation is accompanied by an assigned FIDIC-Engineer - a consortium consisting of two German companies (Ingenineurgesellschaft fuer Internationale Planungsaufgaben mbH and Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Czurda und Partner mbH) - and two Bulgarian companies (Consulting Engineering Group Ltd. and Hydroinvest Ltd.)
Thise construction of the MBT is the second stage of a 346 million leva ($242 million) waste management project, funded largely with EU money. In total, the report said that EU funding will cover 84% of the costs of the project.
The governments across the Region are updating their national legislations and regulations
The countries in South-East Europe no matter they are EU members or not, they are all aiming in becoming a part of the vision of the European recycling society. The governments across the Region are updating their national legislations and regulations, as well as are modernizing the old infrastructure which includes the creation of regional waste disposal systems, construction and exploitation of large scale waste and wastewater treatment plants, etc. Most of the countries, EU members, incl. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, have to meet specific EU objectives. The countries must recycle 50% of its waste by 2020 and reduce the disposal of biodegradable waste to 25% of total volume.
The demand for separating -, baling- and recycling machines has been increased and many international companies have entered the Regional market. The increasingly popular process of composting green waste and/or food waste has implemented the interest in composting machines as well, especially in the compost turners.
The 2015 edition of the SE European Exhibitions and Conference took place in the period 11-13, March 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The successful combination of the products display, good practices examples and presentations of world experience succeeded to attract the attention of numerous international and local exerts. The wide range of environmentally-friendly solutions from energy sources, through intelligent management of urban space, to waste management technologies, proved once again such events are crucial for the regional market in order to adapt and to mitigate the climate change.
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During the three days many feasible ideas were heard and numerous new contact were created through this network-platform. The organizers believe the new "green" technologies will certainly change our responsibility and hopefully will transform our economy into a more circular one.
Mr. Ivo Duerr, International Messe Agentur, Austria, said in the interview:
"Most of the exhibitors at the Austrian Pavilion are satisfied. The companies which intend to develop their business in Bulgaria hope that the country will make steps forward in the new period of EU funding and invest more in fields like environmental protection technologies, waste management, smart cities, etc. No doubt, such event is necessary and also has an influence on the market."
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