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M+W Group: Successful entry into waste-to-energy market in United Kingdom

M+W Group: Successful entry into waste-to-energy market in United Kingdom

Collaboration with Biffa to build Mechanical Biological Treatment facility in West-Sussex

Biffa Group has announced a strategic alliance with M+W Group’s UK team, who will act as the turnkey contractor for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Biffa’s new waste management facility at the company’s Brookhurst Wood site, in West Sussex (UK). The new facility is to be built as part of a 25-year contract between Biffa and West Sussex County Council to treat the County’s residual municipal waste using the latest Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) technology.

The MBT facility, which received planning consent in April 2010, comprises an integrated mechanical sorting and anaerobic digestion plant, and a visitor centre. The contract will create up to 80 new jobs in West Sussex.

The Brookhurst Wood site is the first project Biffa and M+W Group are collaborating on, and is proof of the excellent teamwork relationship developed between the two companies. Dr John Casey, Director of Engineering at Biffa Group stated “Biffa have been working for a number of months with M+W Group’s UK team and are pleased to announce that we are going to work more closely and further enhance the already excellent working relationship. M+W Group is a leading EPC contractor and with their expertise in the waste and energy industry, they have an enviable track record in delivering high technology integrated processes and construction projects on time and within budget”.

Biffa was named as preferred bidder for the proposed new waste management facility at Brookhurst Wood by West Sussex County Council in September 2008. Financial close on the project was achieved by the team on June 28th 2010 and construction is scheduled to commence during Q3 2010. It is planned that the plant will be operational in 2013 and when at full capacity will produce up to 3.5 MW of renewable energy, enough to power around 7,000 homes.

M+W UK’s Managing Director, Peter Greenhalgh commented “We are delighted to have been appointed by Biffa and to partner them on this new and exciting project. The financial close of the project is credit to the team’s hard work and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with Biffa and working together on future projects. On working with Biffa over the past few months, we see them as being a thorough and professional forward-thinking organisation and can only see success going forward with them.” M+W UK, part of the M+W Group, is a world class turnkey contractor specialising in construction projects with a high process content or critical environments.

The facility’s mechanical sorting plant will also produce a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Subject to a joint exercise by the Biffa team and West Sussex County Council to find a long-term sustainable market for the RDF, it will either be sent to a third party outlet or used to fuel an additional thermal treatment facility that will produce energy in the form of electricity and heat. If required, subject to planning and operating consents, the thermal treatment facility would also be constructed at the Brookhurst Wood site.


  • West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee approved Biffa’s plans for the Mechanical Biological Treatment facility in December 2009 and planning consent was granted in April 2010.
  • West Sussex County Council has in place a separate contract with Viridor for recycling and waste handling known as the Reclaim contract.
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About Biffa ( Biffa is the leading nationwide integrated waste management business that provides collection, treatment, recycling and technologically-driven energy generation and recovery services. Biffa provides an essential service to satisfy the business needs of its commercial, industrial and public sector customers throughout the UK, helping them to meet their legal obligations and corporate responsibility commitments.

Biffa operates two other PFI contracts and 17 local authority waste collection and recycling contracts. It also has the largest industrial and commercial collections network in the UK serving over 70,000 customers through 1,450 collection vehicles and across 128 locations. It operates 65 million m3 of landfill void across 24 sites throughout the UK and a renewable energy business with 103 MW of installed capacity. It currently handles 7 million tonnes of waste each year and processes approximately half a million tonnes of recyclables through nine recycling facilities.

About M+W Group ( M+W Group (until 2009: M+W Zander) is the leading global partner for engineering, construction and project management in the fields of Advanced Technology Facilities, the Life Science Industries, Energy & Environment Technologies and High-Tech Infrastructure. From concept development to turnkey services the company manages projects of all sizes ensuring flexibility, rapid realization and cost-effective completion. With its competence to link process technology, automation and complex facilities to integrated solutions M+W Group primarily focuses on leading electronics, life science, photovoltaic, chemical, automobile and communication companies, as well as research institutes and universities. M+W Group GmbH is the holding company with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2009 M+W Group generated an order intake of 1.56 billion euros and revenues of 1.27 billion euros with a workforce of approximately 4380 employees.

M+W Group is owned by the Austrian Stumpf Group that is globally successful in the areas of High-Tech Engineering, Smart & Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Technology Investments.

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