SITA UK, subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, agrees PFI contract variation with Cornwall council in the United kingdom

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April 11, 2013 


SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, and Cornwall Council have agreed a
30-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract variation to manage residual
household waste and recycling worth EUR 1.4 billion of revenue*.

The 30-year integrated waste management contract between SITA UK and Cornwall
Council was originally signed in October 2006. However, following delays in
getting planning permission to build an energy-from-waste facility a contract
variation was required**.

The contract is to manage the treatment and disposal of all of Cornwall
Council's household waste. Key to the contract is the design, build, finance and
operation of an energy-from-waste facility in St Dennis with a capacity of up to
240,000 tonnes per year, which will generate electricity for the equivalent of
around 21,000 homes.

This facility, which has planning permission and an Environmental Permit, is
expected to be operational in 2016. The county's residual waste is currently
taken to Connon Bridge landfill site, near Liskeard.

Over the past six years, the contract has yielded many benefits to local
residents and the environment with EUR30 million invested in improving waste and
recycling facilities across Cornwall. These have included upgrading works to a
number of household waste recycling centres and the construction of new centres
in St Austell, Bude, St Erth, Falmouth and Launceston, along with new waste
transfer stations at Connon Bridge, St Erth, Launceston and Pool.

Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, said: "This is a significant
PFI contract for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT and SITA UK. Building on a strong
performance in the delivery of the first six years of this contract we now have
a clear path to proceed with the delivery of the much needed Cornwall Energy
Recovery Centre which will reduce the county's reliance on landfill and create
energy by putting residual waste to good use."

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "The signing of the revised project plan
provides long term security for the management of Cornwall,s waste. At the
centre of the plan is the establishment of the new Energy Recovery Centre. This
facility, which is expected to become operational in 2016, will generate enough
electricity to supply 21,000 homes in Cornwall."

Funding for SITA Cornwall will be provided by The European Investment Bank
(EIB), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Helaba. SITA UK,
Itochu and Lloyds will provide equity.

SITA UK has developed a number of PPP (Public Private Partnership) contracts
across the UK including Kirklees, Northumberland, the Isle of Man and Teesside.
In October 2010, SITA UK signed a PFI contract with Suffolk County Council and
in 2011 signed a PFI contract with the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management
Partnership. Both contracts involve revenues in excess of EUR1.2 billion when
electricity and third party waste gate fee revenues are taken into account. In
the waste sector, this type of partnership was developed to allow British local
authorities to develop waste management facilities to replace landfill.
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Notes to Editors:

*Once third party waste and electricity revenues are taken into account, total
project revenues are expected to reach EUR1.6billion over the life of the

The Net Present Value of cost for the Authority on a comparable basis has only
increased by 1.6% from EUR502 million to EUR510 million, despite the significant
additional costs caused by repeated challenges to the planning permission.

**SITA UK/Cornwall Council contract background:
SITA Cornwall's planning application for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre was
refused permission by Cornwall County Council in March 2009. However, as
instructed by the Council, SITA Cornwall submitted an appeal to the Planning
Inspectorate. On 20 May 2011, SITA Cornwall received notification from the
Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, that he had granted planning permission for
the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre.

Local opponents to the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre launched a challenge
against the decision of the Secretary of State and their S288 appeal was upheld
by the High Court in October 2011.

The Secretary of State then appealed that High Court judgment. On 29 March 2012,
the Court of Appeal allowed the Secretary of State's appeal and confirmed the
validity of the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for
the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre.

Due to these delays in obtaining planning permission, SITA UK went back out to
the market to identify and negotiate with potential investors.

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company, part of Lloyds Banking Group.

SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, is a recycling and resource
management company, generating environmental value, social value and economic
value from our nation's waste. The company delivers environmentally responsible
and increasingly innovative solutions for the public, local government, industry
and commerce, enabling our customers to reduce their impact on the environment.
SITA UK serves over 12 million people and handles more than eight million tonnes
of domestic, commercial and industrial waste through a network of recycling,
composting, energy-from-waste and landfill facilities. SITA UK employs over
5,500 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £772 million.

Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV,
Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting
resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of
people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 96.6 million people,
provides wastewater treatment services for 66.3 million people and collects the
waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees
and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively
dedicated to water and waste management services. In 2012, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a
subsidiary in which GDF SUEZ has a 35.7% interest, generated revenues of 
EUR 15.1 billion.


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