Mauritius: US$ 20.75 Million AfDB Loan for Sewerage Project
Tunis, 20 June 2007 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of 13.72 million Units of Account* (US$ 20.75 million) to finance the first stage of the Plaines Wilhems Sewerage Project in the central parts of Mauritius.
The loan, approved by the AfDB Board on Wednesday in Tunis, will be used to finance part of the foreign exchange component of the project. The project is designed to provide environmentally appropriate mechanism for the collection and treatment of sewage as well as the disposal of effluent and sludge in the Plaines Wilhems district.
The project is expected to enhance protection of the country’ coastal environment, halt imminent pollution of surface and ground water resources, reduce health risk from poor refuse collection, treatment and disposal of sewage as well as contribute to sustainable socio-economic development.
The project will focus on the following to achieve the set objectives:
- Reconstruction of the St. Martin Wastewater Treatment Plant and increasing its capacity from 48,000 m3/day to 69,000 m3/day to serve a population of 233,000 directly.
- Construction of a new 27km trunk sewer to increase trunk sewer capacity from the Plaines Wilhems district to St Martin Sewerage Treatment Plant;
- Construction of 262km of reticulation network in the Plaines Wilhems catchment areas to increase sewerage flows to St Martin Sewerage Treatment Plant;
- Construction of nearly 32,500 house connections in the municipalities of Quatre Bornes, Beau Basin/Rose Hill, Curepipe and Vacoas/Phoenix as well as provide an effluent outlet to La Ferme Irrigation System;
The project area covers, Vacoas, Phoenix, Quatre-Bornes, and West Rose-Hill in the Plaines Wilhems District in the central part of the country with a population of 288,000 or 24% of the total population. About 98.8% of the population live in the urban areas where some 300 industrial concerns, mainly textile factories (about 80%), tanning, food processing, brewing, edible oil and soft drinks manufacturing are located.
The total project cost is estimated at UA 132.38 million, about US$ 200.27 million. The AfDB loan will finance 10.4% of the costs. The European Union, the European Investment Bank (EIB), China and the government of Mauritius are funding other components of the project.
The Bank Group’s operations in Mauritius commenced in 1975. To date, the institution has committed a total of US$ 225.85 in 38 projects in the country.
* UA 1 = US$ 1.51286 as at 20 June 20077
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