Waste treatment in Réunion: CNIM-Paprec withdraws from the Runeva project

Ileva, a mixed union that brings together the three municipalities in the south and west of Réunion, announced on Monday, June 27, that CNIM had withdrawn from the Runeva construction and operation project, the future waste treatment center. This large project on the scale of the island (220 million euros of investment) consists in particular of an energy recovery unit with a capacity of 18 megawatts. The environment and energy branch of the Var CNIM group had won the contract leading a consortium of companies including Spie Batignolles, Colas, the Dutch group Bollegraaf, etc.

In bankruptcy at the beginning of the year, CNIM Environnement Energie was taken over in April by the French group Paprec, following a decision by the Paris Commercial Court. “The administrator has decided to break Runeva’s contract, reveals Mohamad Omarjee, Ileva’s vice president, and the Paprec group does not want to continue working on these bases. But there is no doubt that we will return. The co-contractors are reorganizing, we are paying them and we can continue with the construction”.

The foundation stone for Runeva was laid in September 2021 in Pierrefonds, near Saint-Pierre. The mixed union indicates that it is currently relaunching the procedures to find a replacement for the CNIM, in charge of coordinating the site. Likewise, Ileva minimizes the consequences of breach of contract by underlining that it has the legal possibility of relaunching a tender for the exploitation of the future pole from its start-up in 2024.

Senate mission in progress

The news was made public during a working session with the Senate delegation to overseas territories, in the presence of its president Gisèle Jourda, senator for Aude, and Nassimah Dindar and Viviane Malet, senator for Réunion. The delegation has launched a waste management mission abroad, of which the visit to Réunion is the first stage.

“Runeva is considered the most advanced development project abroad, stresses Gisèle Jourda, even if Réunion and the other departments and communities lag behind continental France in this area” The senatorial mission should lead to the publication of a report intended to better take into account the specificities of the islands in waste legislation.

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