Northwest Russia: Facts and Events
Newsletter by the Stockholm Region Office in St. Petersburg
Issue 122, January 2010
Baltic Sea Is Cleaner Now
On 25 December 2009 SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg completed one more stage of the
Northern Tunnel Collector Project. After the connection of 32 direct discharges to the
Collector, the Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive additional 42,000 m3/day of
wastewater. Previously, these wastewater volumes were discharged untreated into the Neva.
After the connection of the new portion of direct discharges to the Collector the share of treated wastewater in St.
Petersburg will reach nearly 91 %. The Northern Collector is becoming a system of unique engineering structures
including microtunnels, dozens of shafts, connecting galleries. Its construction works will be completed by the
end of 2011.
In parallel with the Collector construction, the Northern WWTP is being rehabilitated to ensure wastewater
treatment as recommended by the Helsinki Commission for the Baltic Sea Marine Environment Protection
(HELCOM) and to accommodate the increased influent volumes.
Both the Northern Tunnel Collector Project, and the Northern WWTP rehabilitation are the components of the
Neva Untreated Wastewater Discharge Closure Programme in St. Petersburg. In addition to other funds, the
Programme is being financed with the loans provided by the Nordic Investment Bank, European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development and European Investment Bank, in the total amount of MEUR 60. Moreover,
nearly MEUR 40 will be received by Vodokanal St. Petersburg as non-refundable assistance (in particular, from
the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
New Investment Program of SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg
By following its policy aimed to create careful attitude to water on the consumer side, SUE Vodokanal of St.
Petersburg is able to curtail significantly its investment programme for the period up to 2015. The revised
programme is almost one half of t