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19th April 2013 


SITA SEMBCORP UK, a consortium led by SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ
ENVIRONNEMENT, has been selected as preferred bidder for a resource recovery
contract worth EUR1.4 billion(1) over 30 years with the Merseyside Recycling 
and Waste Authority. The other consortium members are Sembcorp Utilities UK and
I-Environment, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Itochu Corporation.

The contract is to manage over 430,000 tonnes of residual household waste each
year from Merseyside and Halton. It includes the design, build, finance and
operation of two key facilities which both have planning permission in place: a
rail loading waste transfer station in Merseyside and a new purpose-built
energy-from-waste facility in Teesside. Total capital investment for the two
facilities will be around EUR295 million. Both key facilities are expected to 
be operational by 2016. In total, 75 permanent new jobs will be created by the
contract with hundreds more temporary jobs during the construction of the two
new facilities.

The rail loading waste transfer station will be developed at an existing
rail-linked warehouse in Knowsley Industrial Estate. From here, waste will be
transported by rail to the new 450,000 tonnes per year energy-from-waste
facility, which will be developed on a rail linked site at Wilton International
- a 2,000 acre industrial estate managed by Sembcorp Utilities UK near Redcar 
on Teesside.

The new energy-from-waste facility will generate electricity for the equivalent
of 63,000 homes and has the potential to provide steam directly to adjacent
business customers, which would further improve its efficiency. In total, over
90 per cent of the contract waste managed by the SITA Sembcorp UK consortium
will be diverted from landfill and used to produce energy.

Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, said: "We are delighted that
the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority has selected the SITA Sembcorp UK
consortium as preferred bidder for this important contract. SITA UK has a 
strong record of achieving financial close quickly and delivering the new waste
management infrastructure that is needed by local authorities in the UK. This
new contract fits well with SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT's policy to develop new waste
recovery facilities and fits with the UK's government aspiration to reduce the
amount of waste going into landfill."

Cllr Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said:
"The appointment of SITA Sembcorp UK as our Preferred Bidder marks the 
beginning of an important chapter in the way Merseyside and Halton deals with 
its resources. I believe that the solution we have chosen is the best for the
environment - saving natural resources, generating green electricity and
providing value for money for taxpayers."

(1) Total contract value is in excess of EUR2 billion with the addition of
revenues from the management of third party waste and sale of electricity.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: 
"We are extremely pleased to have progressed to this stage. I'm confident that 
we can now work towards putting our plans in place and concentrate on providing
future generations in Merseyside and Halton with an effective and sustainable
waste solution."

SITA UK has developed a number of PPP (Public Private Partnership) contracts
across the UK including: Surrey, South Gloucestershire, Kirklees, Cornwall,
Northumberland, Aberdeen, the Isle of Man and Teesside. In September 2010, SITA
UK signed a PFI contract with Suffolk County Council worth EUR1.2 billion over
25 years. In April 2011, SITA UK signed a PFI contract with the South Tyne and
Wear Waste Management Partnership worth over EUR850 million (EUR1.3 billion
including third party waste and sale of electricity). And in April 2013, SITA 
UK and Cornwall Council agreed a PFI contract variation worth EUR1.3 billion of
revenue. In the waste sector, this type of partnership was developed to allow
British local authorities to develop alternative waste management facilities to

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-fromwaste and landfill facilities. SITA UK 
employs over 6,000 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £700 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, pro
vides 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.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal
Authority) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside.
Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is
a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside -
Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in
advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of
waste for Merseyside's residents. MRWA is a key 
partner in the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership which was established in
2005. All members of the MHWP have responsibilities for tackling the effective
delivery of sustainable municipal waste management in Merseyside. 

Sembcorp Utilities UK is a leading industrial energy, water and services
provider based at the Wilton International site near Redcar in North east 
En gland. The company, part of the Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries Group,
became the pioneer of biomass power production in the UK in 2007 when the 35MW
Sembcorp Biomass Power Station (also known as Wilton 10) came on line. The 
plant uses around 300,000 tonnes of sustainably sourced wood a year as its 

Sembcorp Industries is a leading energy, water and marine group operating 
across six continents worldwide. With facilities with over 5,600MWs of gross 
power capacity and over seven million cubic metres of water per day in 
operation and under development, Sembcorp is a trusted provider of essential 
energy and water solutions to both industrial and municipal customers. It is 
also a world leader in marine and offshore engineering as well as an 
established brand name in urban development. The Group has total assets of over
S$12 billion and employs over 9,000 employees worldwide. Listed on the main 
board of the Singapore Exchange, it is a component stock of the Straits Times 
Index, several MSCI and FTSE indices as well as the Dow Jones Sustainability 
Asia Pacific Index.

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