Azerbaijan to launch water supply system modernization in another region by ADB loan in mid. 2012
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 17 / Trend , N.Ismayilova /
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will improve the water supply system in Beylagan within the second tranche of $ 300 million to improve water supply and sanitation services in Azerbaijan until the end of 2013l, the bank's report said.
Detailed design work has been completed. Bids are likely to be invited in February 2012 and the bid process is likely to be completed by June 2012. The construction work will commence in July 2012, and will take about 18 months, so it should complete by December 2013.
Under the Tranche-2 of the Investment program, it is proposed to implement water supply and sewerage subproject in Beylagan Town, with an objective to establish safe, reliable piped water supply and sewerage system and promote a healthier environment.
The water network in the town was installed in 1974.
All pipelines have deteriorated beyond repair as they have been functioning more than two times their design operation life. Due to old system, water leakage is very high. With the existing system, only 38.9 percent of the town population receives water supply.
The improved water supply system will service entire town population. Water supply
infrastructure will require repair and maintenance activities like detection and repair of leaks.
The loan funds primarily will be directed to complete the work within the system to improve water supply and sanitation in Agdash, Goychay and Nakhchivan, and it is planned to expand the project in Beylagan at the expense of the remaining funds.
According to the information posted at the bank's website, the second tranche is expected to be approved on Dec. 9.
At present, ADB has financed two projects to improve water and sewerage systems. The first loan worth $ 30 million was allocated in 2004 to restore the water supply system in Goychay and Nakhchivan with its total cost worth $39.9 million. The office said that the term of the project will expire on June 30, 2011.
Under the loan agreement, the ADB's first tranche loan of $75 million was allocated. The Azerbaijani government is providing $25 million.
The ADB Board of Directors approved MFF in the amount of $ 600 million in September 2009. The ADB Board of Directors plans to consider approval of the third tranche worth $ 175 million on Dec. 31, 2012.
MFF become the basis for an 8-year collaboration between ADB and the Azerbaijani government, given the phased investment, support by a clear strategy and reform program for water supply and sanitation.
The AICO Consulting Ltd / European Consultans Organization is the consultant of Azersu on water project.