Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, signed a cooperation agreement with China Machinery Engineering Corp. (CMEC) last week for the construction of the city’s central sewerage system.
According to Balkan Green Energy News, a separate deal will enable CMEC to start the preparatory activity for the project, valued for a total of EUR 771 million.
Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, who attended the signing of the agreement said that this project would improve the quality of life of the city’s residents as Belgrade was the only capital in Europe that did not have a wastewater treatment system in place.
“This is a capital project that everyone has to be involved in, as long as the Chinese company negotiates with the Ministry of Finance the financing conditions. The first construction phase will cost around EUR 271 million to complete,” said Mihajlovic.
Officials also stated that as part of the country’s new investment plan Serbia 2025, another one billion euros will be invested in other cities and municipalities in Serbia for the same type of projects.
The Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic stated that one third of Belgrade’s population has no sewage system.
“With the construction of this facility, 80% of wastewater discharges to the Sava and the Danube will be eliminated. The new wastewater plant will serve 1.5 million citizens,” Vesic added.
The project to be carried out by CMEC is envisaged to serve 1.5 million inhabitants.