WRAP has announced that Shotton Paper Company is to be its preferred bidder for a major national contract competition to provide newsprint reprocessing. The project will mean investment of around£80m by the plant owners UPM-Kymmene Corporation in a new Recycled Fibre Pulp facility at the Shotton Paper Mill. This development has been warmly welcomed by first minister Rhodri Morgan.
'I kept to that view even when WRAP initially opted for Aylesford as the preferred bidder, despite my disappointment for Shotton and for Wales. However Shotton hung in there as reserve bidder and it was clear that their proposal was sound and robust. This is now confirmed by WRAP's decision that Shotton Paper should now become the preferred bidder.
'I cannot comment on the detail of WRAP's reasoning, but my officials have been kept informed of the process and I am confident that the correct procedures have once again been followed.
'I recognise that the details will need to be finalised between WRAP and Shotton Paper. Sue Essex, as Welsh environment minister, and I are very pleased at this latest development; the proposed investment by WRAP will enhance the performance at Shotton securing employment at the plant. It will also produce huge environmental benefits by greatly increasing the amount of paper recycled. This is a major part of the new waste strategy for Wales and I hope that the new capacity will assist local authorities in Wales to expand their own recycling operations.'