Feasibility Study for Modernisation of the Wastewater Management System of the City of Polotsk

Country: Belarus

Project period: 05/2015 - 08/2015

Client: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Investment amount: EUR 280,000 (consulting)


The City of Polotsk would like to construct its own wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that would serve its population of 85,000 people and commercial customers in Polotsk. The WWTP would include aeration tanks, sedimentation tanks, sludge pumps, air blowers, etc. The work on a WWTP was started in 2008 however, the works stopped in 2011 due to lack of financing. It is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of the works had been completed up to that point.


On this basis, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) engaged a consultant to prepare a feasibility study, which shall include:

  • identification and a detailed assessment of the PIP that will cover the financing period of 13 years and evaluate its benefits including assessing its environmental and social feasibility
  • detailed financial analysis of the Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal    
  • preparation of overall procurement and project implementation plans


The main objective of this assignment is to prepare a feasibility study that will determine the priority investment for the project, which will be financed by a EBRD loan, and it will form the basis for project appraisal and approval by the EBRD in addition to the Government of Belarus.

Services provided:
  • Baseline study including socio-economic data, organisational and institutional review, tariff setting and subsidy payment policy, affordability, analysis of local-central fiscal relations and budgeting system, as well as due diligence on the proposed lending structure
  • Technical assessment comprising of water supply and wastewater services, the water supply and wastewater system, water and wastewater treatment, in addition to sludge management and disposal
  • A long-term investment strategy and institutional development options
  • Priority investment programme (PIP)
  • Financial analysis
  • Environmental and social assessment

< Previous article