FRANCE AND UKRAINE ARE LAUNCHING A PROJECT TO MODERNIZE THE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IN MARIUPOL
Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories, Serhii Marchenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine and Vadym Boichenko, Head of Mariupol City Council, officially announced the launch of the project on the construction of a plant for the production of drinking water in Mariupol. Today a financial agreement between the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine and Mariupol city was signed, and therefore the last of the administrative and financial formalities required to launch the project were fulfilled.
This project, which corresponds to the priorities of the Government of Ukraine, is fully financed by France (the State Treasury of France) through the provision of preferential loan of EUR 64 million on favourable terms: the loan is for 30 years, the interest rate is only 0.08% per annum, and the grace period is 10 years. The project will allow Mariupol to modernize the system of communal services that are vital for the population, providing residents with a stable water supply and quality drinking water that meets international standards (EU and WHO standards).
The first stage of the project will begin in July-August 2020 and will be implemented by the engineer company BETEN INTERNATIONAL, which will prepare a feasibility study (the deadline period is 1 year), as well as develop a master plan to improve the water supply and sanitation system of the city until 2040. The design and construction phase of the plant for the production of drinking water will begin in one year to put the plant into operation in 2023-2024. STEREAU company, a subsidiary of the SAUR Group specializing in the construction of waste water treatment plants, will be involved in this phase for implementation.
“I am very pleased to announce today the launch of this water supply project, which is extremely important for improving the quality of life of the residents of Mariupol,” said Etienne de Poncins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France. “This project testifies the establishment of a high level of confidence between France and Ukraine, and the presence of our country among the main partner countries that contribute to the development of eastern regions of Ukraine. Current plans of France are to expand its assistance to the water supply sector and launch a new project in Luhansk oblast.”
“This is a unique and large-scale project for the whole country, and first of all for the residents of Mariupol, a showcase of the Ukrainian Donbas. Half a million of our city's population will finally get a quality and efficient water supply system. I am sure that our experience will be a successful example for other cities. Thank you to our reliable international partners and the Government of Ukraine for this opportunity. Together we will make the life of citizens more comfortable, and soon residents of Mariupol will be able to drink clean tap water, as it is done by residents of many European cities,” stressed Vadym Boichenko, Head of Mariupol City Council.
“We are talking about a crucial social and environmental project, provision of drinking water to the population, residents of Mariupol. Today, the water they receive from Seversky Donets Canal exceeds the permitted capacity of drinking water. Due to the assistance of our partner France, we receive funding to carry out the necessary research and development of the appropriate plan and provide Mariupol with drinking water,” emphasized Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories.