Albanian Ministry of Environment has awarded to the private company Integrated Technology Services the contract to build and operate a waste-to-energy (WtE) plant near the city of Fier.
The project worth €27.7 million (US$29.4 million) will be operated by the company under a six-year concession contract. According to sources, Integrated Technology Services was the only bidder for the project.
The main objective of the project is to improve the management of integrated urban solid waste and transforming it into electricity, processing 180 up to 200 tons of solid wastes per day with an output of 3.8 MW.
The plant which will solve the problem of waste once and for all by processing 70,000 tons per year, will be built near several villages. This has raised some misgivings among their inhabitants, who claimed the project is hazardous to people's health.
Integrated Technology Services and waste transportation services company Ndertim Montimi Patos hold 70 and 30 per cent stake respectively in the project company.