European Investment Bank (EIB), the Government of France and the City Council of Mariupol have signed a Declaration of Intent about development municipal water supply infrastructure in Mariupol. The Declaration specifies the scope of works and responsibilities of the parties in implementing number of simultaneous projects, aimed at significant improvement of the water supply system in the city.
The overall objective of the EUR 35 m loan from EIB is a complex modernization of water supply and sewerage systems of the city in achieving substantial savings of energy, reducing water losses in networks and improve wastewater treatment operations. It is planned that the asset modernisation will substantially improve the overall technical and financial operation of the utility and implementation of the least-cost energy efficient measures will reduce the electric energy consumption during the peak- and off-peak operating hours.
The scope of Project will include: rehabilitation of the 2 existing water pumping stations (WPS); building 3 new modern WPS; reconstruction of water supply mains; rehabilitation of the biological wastewater treatment plant (WWTP); construction of a new wastewater pumping station (WWPS) No. 9 construction of wastewater collector. Environmental impact is expected to be achieved through the reduction of discharging untreated wastewater.
Jean-Erik de Zagon, Head of the EIB Office in Ukraine, said: “EIB as the largest international lender to the water sector worldwide, is happy to provide both the financing and the much needed expertise to implement this project. This project will help the population of Mariupol to have access to considerably more efficient and reliable water supply”.
The complexity of the project, however, requires significant preparation and feasibility studies. This part of the project will be financed by the French Government through a TA grant. It will comprise three Master Plans 2020-2040 for water supply including water resources, wastewater collection and treatment as well as storm water management and flood protection, complete with water demand study, hydraulic models, etc.
The purpose of this TA assignment is to help the project final beneficiary in project preparation and develop the Feasibility Study, that shall provide an overview of the procedures and technical, operational, environmental and social performance options as well as define the project’s objectives (e.g. reduction in water losses, energy consumption).
Simultaneously, the city will benefit from a EUR 64 m loan from the French Government, that will be aimed at building a new drinking water plant. The project will also encompass developing a General plan of improving water supply in the city till 2040 that will help the city to plan future investment into water management system, to minimize the impact on environment and, finally, to ensure integration of the new plant into the existing water supply system.
Mr Etienne de Poncins, the Ambassador of France to Ukraine, said: “France and EIB, by coordinating their financing and efforts in support of the city of Mariupol, are providing an important signal. The needs but also the opportunities for revitalizing the economy of Eastern Ukraine are huge. It is through very concrete projects, vital for the populations, that we will drive changes. I am very proud that a French Treasury loan can contribute to the renewal of water infrastructures in Mariupol, strengthening the Franco-Ukrainian bilateral relationship, and also the working relationship with EIB in this region”.
Vadym Boychenko, City Mayor of Mariupol: “Thanks to the support of the international partners, Mariupol will receive both access to the professional expertise and financial support. In the city with a half of million inhabitants this support will help to solve one of the key problems in water supply. As a result Mariupol residents will receive access to the clean drinking water at the affordable price. I am grateful to our friends, the European Investment bank and the French Government, for their trust and support”.
Total number of consumers receiving the centralized water supply and sewerage services in the city and who will directly benefit from the project is 411,000 people.