Mott advises in Russia

Mott MacDonald has been selected by SUE Vodokanal St Petersburg as technical advisor for the first Russian public private partnership (PPP) water supply project, known as the Neva water project. The PPP includes the design and construction of a new Northern Water Treatment Plant including reconstruction of facilities at the existing plant.

Mott MacDonald will advise on developing technical requirements for the design, construction and operation of the new facilities as well as confirm technical solutions for the project and water consumption forecasts plus providing an analysis of capital and operational costs. Its project team will also develop a strategic social and environmental impact assessment.

The private sector partner, when appointed, will design, build, finance and operate the project facilities for 25 years. It will have an off-take contract with SUE Vodokanal St Petersburg for the supply of potable water under the conditions of the PPP agreement.

Simon Robinson, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Mott MacDonald brings a wealth of international water PPP experience to the project. Using a PPP structure means that the preferred bidder will be selected on a whole life cost and quality basis which should in itself drive long-term sustainability.

“Mott MacDonald has worked with Vodokanal on major projects over the last 15 years and we are pleased to be working with them on this important project”

The overall project objective is to increase total output of potable water from 600,000 to 800,000m3 daily and to meet the latest Russian and European water quality standards, and will incorporate the latest technology to modernise the original facility constructed 40 years ago.

It will be implemented under the St Petersburg PPP Law taking into account objectives set in the Concept of Social and Economic Development of Saint Petersburg up to 2025.

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