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Steps taken on sewerage projects after pressure from Brussels

The announcement of another tender, amounting to 110 million euros, for the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Center (KEL) and the Underwater Disposal Pipeline of the Rafina-Pikermi and Spata-Artemis municipalities is also days away.

Large sewerage projects are coming unstuck with EYDAP launching important tenders. Pressure from EU officials to auction off the projects pushed regional authorities into action (EYDAP manages the process) in a bid to avoid a loss of funding amidst warnings that the next batch of NSRF investments will not cover biological treatment plants. In the last few months, contracts in excess of 300 million euros have been approved or issued.

In particular, on March 22, bids will be submitted on the big tender announced yesterday by EYDAP, with a budget of 90 million euros, for the construction of sewage networks in the area of Marathon for the collection and transport of municipal wastewater to the Agios Pante pumping station.

The announcement of another tender, amounting to 110 million euros, for the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Center (KEL) and the Underwater Disposal Pipeline of the Rafina-Pikermi and Spata-Artemis municipalities is also days away.

At a national and European level, this KEL is the largest biological treatment project that is being auctioned at this stage with a capacity of 135,000 equivalent inhabitants. Today Greece pays fines to the European Union because there are no biological treatment plants in the eastern Attica region.

However, the fate of the tender for the management of KEL Psyttalia, with a budget of 260 million euros, is still covered in darkness. It seems that legislation will be needed to extend the existing contract with the AKTOR - AVAX consortium currently managing the KEL Psyttalia, which expires on March 31st.

It is reminded that the consortium has already received two extensions since the initial contract expired at the end of March 2019. The first tender announced by the previous management of EYDAP was called void amid complaints. A new tender followed in which there is fierce rivalry between the AKTOR - AVAX consortium and the Intrakat - TERNA - Suez and Mytilineos - Konstantinidis - ACEA consortia.

The project announced yesterday by EYDAP includes the internal networks of Nea Makri, including the urban units of Neos Voutzas (the part belonging to the Municipality of Marathon), Agia Marina and Zoumberi and the Marathon area. It needs to be completed 40 months from the day of signing the contract.

Earlier this week it was also announced that the managing authority of the Attica Region gave an initial approval to the tender process of the Sewage Treatment Center (KEL) and the Underwater Disposal Pipeline of the municipalities of Rafina-Pikermi and Spaton-Spata. The operation of the KEL will contribute to the gradual elimination of fines imposed on Greece by the Court of Justice of the European Communities, due to delays in the construction of appropriate sewerage systems in the Second Priority settlements (settlements with a population of more than 15,000 inhabitants).

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