Hill lands role on $400m sewage treatment scheme in Bucharest

Hill International has been selected by the Municipality of Bucharest to provide technical assistance for Phase 2 of the Glina Wastewater Treatment Plant project, one of the largest environmental projects in Romania.

Hill said it would be a challenge to bring old infrastructure up to international standards.

Valued at more than $400m, the project comprises the expansion of the largest wastewater treatment plant in the country with a secondary stage, tertiary stage, and sewage sludge line.

Other components of the project include the construction of a sludge incinerator and works to reduce groundwater infiltration in Bucharest’s sewer system.

The aim is to sanitation for 2.5 million people in the Bucharest Metropolitan Area.

As part of an international consortium, Hill will provide technical assistance for all works supervision services, acting as the engineer and maintaining adherence to International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), European Union (EU), and national specifications.

Hill will support the project through pre-construction, construction, and post-construction stages. Works are expected to last until 2028. The EU is financing the project with its Cohesion Fund.

"The completion of the Glina Wastewater Treatment Plant and sewerage works represents a major challenge for Bucharest," said Panagiotis Methenitis, Hill Vice President and Managing Director for the Balkans. "This is due to the complexity of rehabilitating old infrastructure to meet international standards, without dramatically impacting day-to-day life." 

Hill Chief Executive Officer Raouf Ghali said: "Romania alone expects to receive some $95 billion in total investment in the coming years, and our teams are exceptionally experienced in helping local governments across the region deliver transformative infrastructure with minimal disruption, the highest emphasis on safety, and in compliance with FIDIC and EU specifications."

Image: Bucharest at dawn (Mugur Cadinoiu/CC BY-SA 3.0) 

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