A Ferrovial Services-led consortium has been awarded a 111 million euro contract to design and build a controlled landfill in the Porto region, and operate it for 25 years. The contract includes managing an ancillary recycling centre and transfer station.
Ferrovial Services, in consortium with EGEO, Amândio Carvalho and Gabriel Couto, will design, build and manage a controlled landfill, recycling centre and transfer station in Póvoa do Varzim, near Porto in Portugal. Worth 111 million euro, this is one of the largest public sector contracts awarded in Portugal in recent years. The landfill will be used to dump municipal solid waste and ash from the waste-to-energy plant managed by Lipor, the contracting authority, in the city of Maia. Lipor manages waste in eight municipalities in the Porto region. The contract runs for 25 years, including the 18 months envisaged for construction of the new landfill. The Maia landfill is expected to reach capacity during this period, and Lipor will switch over to the new landfill once construction is completed. Ferrovial Services has extensive experience in waste treatment plants. It manages the following plants in Spain: Cañada Hermosa (Murcia), Toledo Ecopark, and Salto del Negro and Juan Grande (Gran Canaria). In the UK, it has been awarded a contract to build and manage a waste treatment plant in Milton Keynes, in southern England. Ferrovial's Polish subsidiary, Budimex, was chosen in consortium with Ferrovial Services to design and build a waste-to-energy plant in the city of Bialystok, in northeast Poland.