FIELD NOTES—EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST

The International No-Dig Conference and Exhibition will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 15 to 17 November 2004.

Germany: The International No-Dig Conference and Exhibition will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 15 to 17 November 2004. More information on the event can be obtained by contacting Monica van Wyngaarden of the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), Tel: +49 40) 35 69 224; Fax: +49 40) 35 69 2343; Email: info@nodig2004.de; or Website: www.nodig2004.de.

Russia: Dorr-Oliver Eimco UK Ltd., a subsidiary of the Canadian company GL&V, will supply all sedimentation equipment, valued at US$ 3 million, to S.W.T.P., a consortium established to build, own and operate the South West Sewage Treatment Plant in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The project consortium, formed by Skanska, YIT and NCC, will build the full wastewater treatment plant with sludge dewatering. Dorr-Oliver Eimco UK will provide four 54-m-diameter peripheral drive clarifiers for primary settlement tanks, eight 54-m-diameter peripheral drive suction clarifiers for secondary settlement tanks and four 18-m-diameter Bridge-Mounted Centre drive picket fence mechanisms for the sludge thickeners. Delivery is scheduled for the second and third quarter of 2004.

Scotland: ABVEast completed the US$ 5.5-million conversion of Scottish Water's Longniddry wastewater treatment works into a transfer pumping station with stormholding facilities, and a 4-km rising main to Pond Hall. Detailed design work for the rising main and the very small footprint in East Lothian, 12 miles east of Edinburgh included: hydraulic and surge analysis; civil and structural design of pumping stations and storm tanks, plus pipework; and site surveys and outfall inspection.

The subsequent construction upgrade by ABVEast, the joint venture formed by AMEC and Black & Veatch to work in partnership with Scottish Water, must meet all requirements of the EU Bathing Water Directive.

Serbia: The European Agency for Reconstruction appointed a team led by Mott MacDonald to advise on introducing a public-private partnership to Belgrade's water and wastewater sector. The team includes ING Bank, KPMG Belgrade and lawyers GideLoyrette Nouel.

The municipal water services sector has a history of financial, technical and environmental difficulties associated with limited investment and significant recent societal changes within Serbia. To help address these issues, the city of Belgrade identified investments totalling ¤750 million to remedy environmental damage caused by inadequate sanitation and a further ¤100 million to improve water supply service. The Mott MacDonald-led team is undertaking a technical, legal, accounting and financial review of existing water and wastewater operations to identify issues that may hinder or influence the structure of any potential public-private partnership. This phase will result in a strategy report, due for completion in May 2004, proposing a recommended structure for the public-private partnership, which will be jointly prepared by the Mott MacDonald-led team and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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