PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT "MODERNIZATION OF THE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM OF MARIUPOL" TOOK PLACE IN MTOT
On February 8, 2019, the presentation of the investment project "Modernization of the water supply system in Mariupol" was held at the Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT)
The presentation was attended by the State Secretary of MTOT Serhii Zlakoman, the Mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boichenko, the Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of the French Republic in Ukraine Vincent Prengo, and the representatives of foreign states and international humanitarian organizations.
Vincent Prengo spoke about the general concept and terms of the investment project, and representatives of the French companies STEREAU, BETEN spoke about the financial and technical aspects of the implementation.
The issue of drinking water is acute for the entire Donetsk oblast, as the old water system that was built in Soviet times, was not focused on proper provision of the population with drinking water. Today, in connection with the aggression of the Russian Federation, this issue has become critical. Taking into consideration that Mariupol is at the end of the unified water supply chain passing through the controled and uncontrolled areas of the Donetsk oblast, with a total length of 263 kilometers, the supply of water does not always meet the best quality standards. Solving the issue of one of the largest cities in the Donetsk oblast concerning provision with high-quality water supply has become a strategic and common direction for Ukraine, France and local authorities in Mariupol.
The first joint step towards solving the issue of water supply in Mariupol was the signing on January 29, 2019 the Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the French Republic on the official support of the project concerning the supply of drinking water in Mariupol.
Under the terms of the agreement, the French Republic will grant a preferential loan of EUR 64 million. The interest rate is only 0.08% per annum, and the grace period is 10 years. Also, the loan includes EUR 1.2 million to finance project management assistance.
"Unfortunately, the ecological situation in the region is not improving, taking into account the flooding of mines in the temporarily occupied territory of the country. These flooded mines carry all those harmful minerals, salts in surface water, which also causes additional difficulties. Therefore, the issue of water purification, the health of residents, the provision the population with quality products is extremely relevant.
It is impossible to overstress the importance of the support of the French Government in restoration of the eastern regions of our country, including the solution of the water supply for the habitants of Mariupol.
The example of Mariupol is a pilot project for the whole region that has issues with water supply. The experience of Mariupol can be further disseminated to other territories, "- stressed Serhii Zlakoman, State Secretary of the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
The Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of the French Republic in Ukraine Vincent Prengo added that the funds allocated by the Government of France will cover all the expenditures on the implementation of the water supply project in Mariupol, 70% will go to purchase of goods and services from French companies, and 30% - Ukrainian or foreign goods.
The project is a pilot one for Ukraine, with a duration of 4 years. It is designed to solve the issues of using an alternative water supply, minimizing water losses and improving its quality. As a result, a half-million community of the city will be provided with safe and high-quality water.
"This is unique and large-scale project for the entire country. This is the example of positive change in the decentralization reform. The key is that thanks to the project, a half-million population of Mariupol will finally receive a high-quality and efficient water supply system. It will provide residents with high-quality communal service", - noted the Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko.
In frames of project, the construction of a plant for the production of drinking water, using French technology is presupposed, as well as the modernization of the associated infrastructure in Mariupol. Taking into account the issue of waterpool resources usage, the project also provides the development of the General Plan on the improvement of the water supply and sewage system of the city by 2040.
Such leading French companies as Stereau and Beten will help to implement the large-scale project to modernize the drinking water supply system of the city. Stereau is a subsidiary of the SAUR group, the French leader in environmental services. It employs 9000 specialists, has concluded contracts with 7000 local communities and serves 13 million consumers. BetenIngenierie has been operating in Ukraine for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in urban utilities. Thus, the French enterprises will provide support to Mariupol Administration to improve the productivity and operating characteristics of the system. They will allow to better manage the network, upgrade it, and provide the population with the high quality service.