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Studies for waste water treatment in the city of Skopje

Skp_wwtEGIS with the support of the Macedonian consultancy BAR E.C.E. began a project for the financing, construction and operation of a waste water treatment plant in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. This project follows the recent signature of a funding agreement as part of a call for projects issued by the French Ministry of Finance and the DGT (French Treasury).

This study of high environmental importance, carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and Skopje City Hall, will give Macedonia valuable access to French know-how in sustainable technologies in waste water treatment.

Infrastructure to be delivered without delay

The city of Skopje has a population of 600,000 and a substantial industrial fabric which increases the city’s current waste water treatment requirements to over 1,000,000 in population equivalent. Today’s sewage treatment solutions are undersized and do not take sufficient account of future population and industrial growth, and therefore the development of needs in the short and medium term. The feasibility studies were carried out more than five years ago and do not provide suitable solutions from technical, economic and environmental standpoints.

A project to address waste water treatment in the city in the long term

The study to be conducted by Egis with the support of the Macedonian consultancy BAR E.C.E. has three aims:

  • Update the existing studies, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the European Directive for the treatment of urban waste water in the capital of the Republic of Macedonia; 
  • Propose sewage treatment solutions to meet current and future needs and which protect the environment and satisfy economic and social priorities and constraints. These solutions will promote the emergence of technology allowing both investment optimisation and the efficient functioning of treatment plants with reduced operating costs, in particular with regard to energy consumption; 
  • Establish a financial structure for the project best suited to the Client’s economic and financial situation. This will include considering the development of a Public-Private partnership with firms specialising in waste water treatment and the processing of effluents (water and sludge).