FCC Environmental Services, the American subsidiary of the FCC Group, has won a $250m contract from the Houston City Council to design, finance, build and operate a plant to sort, recover and market the city’s recyclable materials for 15 years, extendable up to 20 years.
The contract value includes the sale of recovered materials from Houston and from third parties, though the cost for the city will not exceed $36.8m.
This is the ninth contract won by the FCC Environmental Services in the US.
FCC already has contracts valued at $900m in the US and serves more than eight million Americans.
FCC has executed similar plants in various countries, with more than 50 facilities currently available and similar to the one proposed for Houston, including one near the city of Dallas.
The Houston facility will be built on six hectares land with a covered area spanning 11,000 mt2.
The plant will process 120,000t of recyclable material per year with a maximum capacity of 145,000t.
The plant will have a fully automated process line and will be equipped with the latest materials separation technologies.
Collection vehicles owned by the city of Houston will fetch the mixed recyclable materials from the collection bins to the FCC facilities, which will process and commercialise the city’s recyclables.
The Houston contract is expected to facilitate the company to consolidate its project to launch its services activity in North America.
Earlier, the FCC Group’s environmental services unit won contracts to transport of bio-solid wastes in the city of Houston, Texas; construct and manage the new Materials Recycling Plant (MRF) in the McCommas Bluff Landfill facilities south of Dallas; and for the treatment and commercialising of the recyclable materials for the city of University Park.
In 2017, FCC won three contracts in Texas, in the cities of Mesquite, Garland and Rowlett, as well as two contracts for the collection of solid urban municipal wastes in Polk County and Orange County, both in Florida.