GrCF2 W2 - Skopje Wastewater Project (EBRD-50376)

  • North Macedonia
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Voting Date
Sep 18, 2019
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North Macedonia Sovereign
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  • Construction
  • Water and Sanitation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 67.48 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 60
Converted using 2019-06-03 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 134.96 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 120
Converted using 2019-06-03 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Jul 5, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jun 3, 2019

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Project Description
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According to the Bank's website, this project provides financing to the Republic of North Macedonia for the construction of a large-scale Wastewatwer Treatment Plant in the city of Skopje in order to end the current practice of discharging untreated sewage into the Vardar River. 

The Project has two phases: The first phase is the construction of pre-treatment and biological treatment units, to be concluded by 2030. The second phase is the upgrade of biological treatment processes to include removal of nitrogen and phosphorus, to be completed by 2045. The treated effluent will be discharged into the Vardar River.

The wastewater will be transported to the treatment plant through two wastewater collectors on the left and right bank of the Vardar River, which are being financed by the EU and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.

According to the Bank, a public meeting was organised on 5 February 2019 as part of the information disclosure processes at which no substantive questions or comments were received. One private land plot will be acquired through a negotiated settlement to facilitate construction of this project. During the operation of the project there will be emissions from generators, sludge digestion and incineration, some increased noise and visual impacts from the new facility.

Investment Description
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide a loan of up to EUR 60 million. The European Investment Bank will also provide a loan of up to EUR 60 million. 

Private Actors Description
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The loan will be in favour of the Ministry of Finance.

JP Vodovod i Kanalizacija Skopje will be the final beneficiary of the investment and is owned entirely by the City of Skopje. 

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - JP Vodovod i Kanalizacija Skopje Client -

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Lindita Sakiri
+ 389 2 3240320
JP Vodovod I Kanalizacija Lazar Lichenoski 9, Skopje 1000


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