New Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant enters in full operation serving both communities

Apr 4, 2014

New Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant - Aeration Tanks

Nicosia, 4 April 2014 The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announce the completion of the project for the new bi-communal Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant.


To mark the occasion, a special inaugural event will be held at the plant on Tuesday 8 April 2014, starting at 11.30 a.m. Speeches at the inauguration will be delivered by representatives of the two communities in Nicosia, Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Mr. Kadri Fellahoğlu, by Mr. Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy and by Mr. Olivier Adam, UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS. A symbolic action consisting in unveiling of the plaque and watering of olive trees with treated water from the plant will follow.

The project – with a total budget of approximately 29 million EURO - was jointly funded by the Sewerage Board of Nicosia (70%), and the European Union under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community (30%). The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in the framework of the Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) Programme and was the biggest project carried out by UNDP-PFF in Cyprus.

The project represents an important example of bi-communal cooperation in Cyprus. The Nicosia Wastewater Treatment plant began operating in 1980. In 2003, it began facing environmental problems and the decision was taken to modernize the facilities. Work on the new, state-of-the-art plant began in March 2010 and it was put into trial operations in June 2013.

The European Union fully supported the project from its inception, fully financing the design of the new plant and covering 30% of the costs of its construction. The United Nations Development Programme promoted and facilitated dialogue between the two communities since the very beginning in the 1980s and oversaw the implementation of the design, construction, commissioning and operationalizing of the new bi-communal plant in close cooperation with the European Commission and the two communities.

The new plant is currently treating an average of 30,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day – equivalent to a population of 270,000 people - using state-of-the-art technologies (membrane bioreactors) in line with European Union standards. Furthermore, the new plant is capable of converting the energy content of bio-solids into green electricity and organic fertilizers, hence contributing to environmental sustainability and reducing the physical and environmental footprint of waste water collection and treatment on the island.

The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme wish to express their congratulations to the representatives of the two communities of Nicosia, the engineers and technical teams, for this important achievement.

The European Commission and the UNDP invite members of the press to cover this inaugural event.

Contact information

Kezban Akansoy, Press Officer, European Commission Representation in Cyprus,

Tel. +357 22 817 770+357 22 817 770

Martina Zaccaro, Communications Officer, UNDP Partnership for the Future, Email: Tel. +357 22 874 733+357 22 874 733 or +90392 22 00027+90392 22 00027.

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