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Ferrovial Serviços awarded 5-year operations contract for Portuguese waste management facility

Ferrovial Serviços, the Portuguese subsidiary of Ferrovial Services, the urban and environmental division of Spain-headed Ferrovial, S.A, has recently announced that it has been awarded an EUR 8 million contract to operate the LIPOR – Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto waste management entity for the next five years.

One of the largest privately-owned waste management companies in Portugal, Ferrovial Serviços provides a broad range of municipal and industrial services, including waste treatment and management services, infrastructure and green area maintenance to public – and private sector clients in the municipalities of Planalto Beirão, Maia and Oeiras.

According to a statement, Ferrovial Serviços will receive and separate close to 10 000 tonnes of source-sorted waste per annum from the municipalities that are members of LIPOR. This entity is in charge of management, reuse and treatment of municipal waste from eight municipalities: Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Oporto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde.

LIPOR’s waste treatment plant receives, separates and recovers materials from consumer-sorted municipal waste such as from recycling centres, door-to-door collection and special collection circuits. The contract covers reception and separation of source-sorted waste from the eight municipalities, preparation of recoverable materials for the recycling, and maintenance of the facility. It also encompasses investing in the equipment needed to operate the service and enhancing the facility, basically in the area of energy efficiency.

LIPOR serves around 1 million people, representing a total of 500 000 tonnes of processed municipal waste per annum. The triage facility is just one of LIPOR’s infrastructures. In 2016, Ferrovial Serviços was awarded the contract to operate the Lipor II landfill, located in the city of Maia in northern Portugal, through the CITRUP joint venture (owned 70 percent by Ferrovial Serviços and 30 percent by SUMA — Serviços Urbanos e Meio Ambiente S.A.

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