ZUO demands developer returns to work

POLAND: Contractor says it wants compensation after relationship with local authority developer breaks down

Municipality owned Zaklad Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów (ZUO) has furiously demanded its energy-from-waste plant builder returns to work.

ZUO, which is owned by the City of Szczecin, issued a statement on 14 June saying Mostostal Warszawa’s decision to abandon the project was "unfounded".

Mostostal confirmed to ENDS that pay and cooperation levels with ZUO were behind the decision. A spokeswoman said the "sole fault" was with ZUO and added that "any negative consequences" should be borne by it.

The spokeswoman also said a claim for compensation, covering damages and lost profits as a result of cancellation, was in the works.

Developer ZUO was expected  to hold a conference on 15 June to discuss the problems further. Its statement lays the blame squarely with Mostostal, and says the developer has no "legal" reason to down tools.

The plant, known as the EcoGenerator EfW facility and located in Szczecin, is expected to be operational by the middle of this year, although that looks increasingly unlikely.

ZUO also confirmed in its statement that its engineering consultancy Sweco had recently refused to approve some Mostostal documentation, because it was contrary to the plant’s environmental permitting and therefore illegal. Mostostal disputes this.

The plant, when operational, is expected to have capacities of 7.5MW of electricity and 32MW of heat. It will process up to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Late last year waste facility developer Przedsiebiorstwa Gospodarki Odpadami removed Mostostal from its build citing slow progress as the reason.

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