Chinese to build a wastewater treatment system in Belgrade

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, the Director of Representative Office of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in Serbia, Li Xueqiang, and the Director of PUC Beogradski Vodovod i Kanalizacija, Dragan Djordjevic, signed today a cooperation agreement stipulating collection and treatment of wastewater and construction of the central sewerage system in Belgrade.

The signing was also attended by Mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Radojicic, and Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic, as well as representatives of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

On the occasion, Mihajlovic underlined that Belgrade was the only city in Europe that did not have a wastewater treatment system, and that the project was of utmost importance because it would significantly improve the quality of life of Belgrade’s citizens.

“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 (S$405 million) to complete,” Mihajlovic added.

Mihajlovic pointed out that 190 million cubic metres of wastewater end up in the Sava and the Danube, which is equivalent of 60,000 Olympic-size swimming pools or 19 million water tanks.

“But we are not stopping here. Through the new investment plan Serbia 2025, we have allocated one billion euro that we will invest in other cities and municipalities in Serbia that have similar problems,” Mihajlovic concluded.

Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic stated that one-third of Belgrade 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.