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Finland's Ministry of the Environment to contribute EUR 4.6 million to equipment deliveries for St. Petersburg’s waste water tunnel

Press release 2011-11-24 at 9:13

The Ministry of the Environment has made a decision to contribute EUR 4.57 million towards enhancing wastewater treatment in St. Petersburg, Russia. The allocation will go to equipment deliveries for a pumping plant for sewer tunnel waste water. This sewer tunnel will facilitate the channelling of waste water from the City of St. Petersburg to the northern wastewater treatment plant. In this way, the greater part of untreated wastewater discharges into the river Neva will be halted.

KSB Finland Oy, located in Kerava, will deliver the main pumps for the pumping plant, alongside switchgear, frequency converters and auxiliary equipment, to the water utility of St. Petersburg. It will also supervise equipment installations and commissioning, and provide training for pumping plant operating staff.

The Ministry’s contribution forms part of an extensive project, the St. Petersburg Neva Discharges Closure Programme, which is seeking to halt the discharge of untreated waste water into the river Neva. The aim is for St. Petersburg to treat 98 per cent of its waste waters in compliance with the recommendations of HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission), by the time the project ends in 2013. As much as 93 per cent of waste waters are already treated.

The venture is the lead project of the EU’s Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership. From investments of some EUR 330 million, loans will be provided by the Nordic Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Investment Bank. In addition, a significant donation from the Government of Sweden and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Fund will provide around 10 per cent of the project’s costs.

Finland’s Ministry of the Environment has supported St. Petersburg’s wastewater projects with an aggregate sum of EUR 30 million since 1991, while the City of St. Petersburg has invested well over one billion euros in wastewater treatment. At the same time, the Ministry of the Environment has increased the visibility of Finnish competence and exports to Russia in water-related industries.

‘The wastewater projects implemented in St. Petersburg represent a highly cost-efficient way of markedly improving the state of the Gulf of Finland. Finnish companies have strong competence in water treatment, which is needed in St. Petersburg. Cooperation with neighbouring areas is also increasing the visibility of Finnish expertise,’ says Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö.

In addition, the Ministry of the Environment supports the modernisation of the two largest wastewater treatment plants in St. Petersburg. This work includes enhancing the performance of the biological and chemical processes and eliminating nutrients from waste waters that cause eutrophication.

Neighbouring area cooperation with Russia will be renewed. Improving the state of the environment remains a primary goal in this cooperation, particularly in order to enhance the efficiency of municipal wastewater treatment and the management of manure from animal farms in the Leningrad Oblast region.

More information:

Kristiina Isokallio, Director, Ministry of the Environment, Marine protection, tel. +358 50 581 9618, forename.surname@ymparisto.fi

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