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Project number:


Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

03 Jun 1997



PSD disclosed:

06 Feb 1997

Project Description

An investment programme to improve water supply and water demand management as well as waste-water collection services in the city of St Petersburg. Following signing this project has been restructured in April 1999.

The principal objective is to address the investment needs of St Petersburg regarding water supply and waste-water collection. The secondary objective is to enhance the financial and operational performance of Vodokanal through improved management, increased cost efficiency and cost recovery.

Transition Impact

The investments will improve the availability and quality of water supply services in St Petersburg and improve the recreational value of coastal areas in the Gulf of Finland.

The Client

The State Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal of St Petersburg.

EBRD Finance

EBRD loan: DEM 35 million
Co-financing (NIB): DEM 15 million
State/local contribution: DEM 15 million
International grants: DEM 21 million.

Project Cost

DEM 86 million (ECU 43.8 million).

Environmental Impact

This project's objectives are primarily environmental as it would contribute to the improvement of the basic living conditions in a large part of St Petersburg through improving the quality of drinking water and the reliability of the water supply. It would also bring environmental benefits through the reduction of pollution to the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The environmental analysis which has been prepared for this project demonstrated that all key environmental issues associated with the investment programme will be adequately addressed in the design and during the construction.

In particular, the implementation of the project will contribute to achieving the following objectives:

  • Water demand is estimated to be reduced by 30 per cent by the end of the project life cycle as a result of the implementation of the water network rehabilitation sub-project, leakage detection, water metering programmes and the public information programme as well as the introduction of new tariffs reflecting more accurately the economic cost of the provision of water supply and waste-water treatment services.
  • The reduction in water demand will also contribute to the significant reduction of the waste-water treatment plant load, equivalent to approximately 600,000 inhabitants.
  • Upgrading and extension of the existing waste-water treatment plant in Sestroretsk will contribute to lower pollution levels in the Gulf of Finland. The project will aim to meet most of the standards set by the Helsinki Commission and the EU for waste-water effluents.
  • The discharge to the Neva River will be significantly reduced due to the closure of six direct discharge outlets and the construction of main sewers which will convey waste water to the Central Waste-water Treatment Plant. Sewers will be constructed using trenchless technology, which will minimise the environmental impact during the construction period.

The borrower will be requested to report annually to the EBRD on the project implementation, including environmental and health and safety issues.

Technical Cooperation

Technical cooperation will be provided by bilateral donors for the Corporate Partnership Programme, engineering design, and the preparation of tender documents as well as for the completion of the Sestoretsk Waste-water Treatment Plant.

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