World Bank mission reviews water supply projects in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.27 / Trend, N.Ismayilova /
The World Bank is reviewing its water supply projects implemented in Azerbaijan, it's Baku office said Monday.
According to the office, the mission led by water sector manager Wael Zakut will stay in Baku until Oct.1. The mission will review the first and second projects to improve water supply and sewerage systems in small towns in Azerbaijan, as well as the preparation of a project to construct deep sewerage works from Hovsan sewage aeration station in the Caspian Sea.
Under the first water project, which covers 22 regions, the World Bank allocated $230 million of total cost worth $310 million. As a result of implementation of the first project at least 700,000 people will be provided with water and take advantage of the sewerage service. Implementation of this project is scheduled for 2012.
The World Bank's second project to improve water supply and sewerage systems in small towns in Azerbaijan covers 21 regions, five of them are located in the Nakhichivan Autonomous Republic, the rest are Kurdamir, Ujar, Zardab and other regions of the country.
Initial cost of project is $109 million, $92 million of which will be allocated from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD is part of the WB group).
Implementation of measures for waste water treatment in Hovsan was initiated at the expense of a French bank loan. At present, the aeration station is being re-equipped with French technology. However, additional funds are required for the construction of a more extended pipe for waste water discharge into the sea and World Bank took the responsibility for the realization of this task. Under the project, the plant will be located 15 kilometers from the center of Baku.