On June 7, 2022, AFD, Suez Consulting and Srbijavode met for the launch of this feasibility study, which will define Srbijavode’s goals for the future of the Serbian water network. The launch served as an opportunity for both parties to define their expectations for the study, which will then guide the implementation of the water system reform project. The overarching goal is to rehabilitate and extend the current network, including its flood and irrigation management system. These essential infrastructures and their maintenance require a series of investments.
Srbijavode solicited AFD’s cooperation for the financing of around 35 million euros, which would contribute to the cost of replacing the 55 pumps currently used for flood and irrigation management in Central Serbia. The country's hydropower systems were built in the second half of the 20th century, mainly in Vojvodina and central Serbia, as well as in the Danube, Sava and Morava river basins. The current hydraulic network is fast becoming obsolete, and may soon no longer meet the current needs of the population.
Improving and maintaining water infrastructure
The priority of this project is to bolster the Serbian water system. Pumping stations are fast becoming outdated, meaning maintenance problems are increasingly common and the system does not meet the required standards for energy efficiency. The reconstruction and modernization of the drainage and hydraulic system will not only result in the overall strengthening of the network but will also contribute to the mitigation of some negative environmental problems, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Beyond these primary objectives, the project will comprise a modern information and telecommunications system, and the associated advantages of digital tools. These tools will allow remote monitoring and management of all the system's facilities, thus improving safety and optimizing network maintenance. These tools will greatly help flood prevention, an issue at the heart of AFD's commitment.