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News Finland: EIB backs construction of state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR 100 million long-term loan to the Helsinki Region Environmental Services (HSY- Helsingin seudun ympäristöpalvelut -kuntayhtymä) to finance the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at a new location in Blominmäki, Espoo. The energy efficient plant will perform to very high environmental standards and replace an ageing plant serving several municipalities in the Helsinki region.

Planned to be operational from the end of 2020, the new plant will treat in 2040 the wastewater of a population of 550 000 and occupy a surface area of approximately 13 hectares, of which 10 underground.

In recognition of the sensitive ecosystem of the Baltic Sea, the plant is designed to treat the wastewater to very high standards, surpassing the goals of EU urban wastewater treatment legislation and local environmental objectives. The sewage sludge will be treated and digested to produce biogas. Heat produced during the plant’s operation will also be recovered efficiently, resulting in thermal energy generation in excess of the plant’s consumption. Residual solids will be processed further into agricultural fertilizers with a high organic and nutrients content.

Jonathan Taylor, EIB Vice-President responsible for lending in Finland, stated: “Support for sustainable drinking water supply services, wastewater treatment and improvement of aquatic biodiversity is one of the goals of the European Investment Bank. We are glad to be partnering with HSY in this project, as it will significantly reduce the pollution of receiving waters by sewage, address climate risks through energy recovery and improve conditions for the inhabitants of the Helsinki region and the Baltic Sea generally.”

Raimo Inkinen, HSY Executive Director added: “This new wastewater treatment plant is a large and long-term investment, for which exceptionally long-term financing is required. To this end, the EIB is able to provide a sustainable and effective financing solution commensurate with the expected life cycle of the new plant.”

The project will also provide important social and economic benefits in the region through the employment of some 1500 people during the construction phase.

For projects of this kind, it is the diversification of funding sources and long maturities offered by the EIB that public sector entities like the Helsinki Region Environmental Services find attractive.

 

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About the European Investment Bank:

The EIB is the long-term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the EU Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. In 2014, the EIB provided loans for 12 projects in Finland totalling more than EUR 1 billion. This is an increase of 13% compared to 2013 lending (EUR 919 million). The Bank’s lending focused on projects promoting the development of Finnish municipalities, as well as research, development and innovation (RDI) in the industrial sector.

 

About the HSY:

The Helsinki Region Environmental Services (HSY) is the strongest environmental operator in Finland. HSY's basic task is to provide high-quality water and waste management services as well as regional and environmental information services in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.

HSY's customers are the people and companies of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The members of the joint municipal authority are Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa.

Contact information EIB : Alicja Chytla / HSY Executive Director Raimo Inkinen (email: a.chytla@eib.org ; press@eib.org ; raimo.inkinen@hsy.fi )
Phone: +352-4379-88233 / +358 9 1561 2200, +358 45 635 7741
News type Inbrief
File link http://www.eib.org/infocentre/press/releases/all/2015/2015-142-eib-backs-construction-of-state-of-the-art-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-finland.htm
Source of information EIB
Keyword(s) wastewater treatment plant
Subject(s) ANALYSIS AND TESTS , CHARACTERISTICAL PARAMETERS OF WATERS AND SLUDGES , DRINKING WATER , DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION : COMMON PROCESSES OF PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT , ENERGY , FINANCE-ECONOMY , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INDUSTRY , INFRASTRUCTURES , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , PREVENTION AND NUISANCES POLLUTION , SANITATION -STRICT PURIFICATION PROCESSES , SLUDGES , WATER QUALITY
Relation http://www.emwis.org/countries/fol135532/fi
Geographical coverage Finland
News date 12/08/2015
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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