EU Approves Kaštela-Trogir Agglomeration Project Worth 1.4 Billion Kuna

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 2nd of August, 2019, the project to improve the water and utility infrastructure of the Kaštela-Trogir agglomeration will be co-financed by the European Union in the amount of 803 million kuna in grants after the study documentation received the green light.

The total value of the project, which stands at 1.15 billion kuna, will be implemented by a responsible Split water and sewage company, and will be co-financed with a 69.78 percent share from the Cohesion Fund through the Operational Competitiveness and Cohesion Program for 2014-2020.

The formal signing of the necessary contract between the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and Croatian Waters is expected at the end of August 2019, after all of the internal procedures and processes have been completed.

The Kaštela-Trogir agglomeration project is a major project held at the European Union level, as its total value exceeds 50 million euros. The project was previously approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Croatian Waters, and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, and finally by Jaspers, a partnership of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

The Kaštela-Trogir agglomeration project covers the area of ​​the towns of Kaštela and Trogir, the Čiovo peninsula, the municipalities of Seget and Okrug, and the Slatine settlement.

With the implementation of this project, the water supply network will be expanded to an additional 7,700 inhabitants (a further 2,548 connections), increasing the connection rate to 99 percent, while at the same time, 32,477 inhabitants (8,613 connections) will be connected to the sewage system, which will raise the connection from the current 45 percent all the way up to 97 percent. The reconstruction of the water supply network should reduce water losses from 42 percent down to 36 percent.

The project includes the upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant in Divulje, a construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Čiovo, the expansion of the water supply network by a further 59.87 kilometres, the reconstruction of the existing network of 65.4 kilometres, the construction of four new pumping stations, two water tanks with a capacity of 500 m3; the extension of 215 kilometres of sewer collectors, 6 kilometres of pressure pipelines and 4 kilometres of sewer reconstruction, including the construction of 430 small pumping stations; the construction of 13 pumping stations, and 640 incident overflows.

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