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Serbia revamps plan to install waste incinerator in Niš

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Serbian authorities are negotiating with partners from China to build a waste incinerator in Niš worth EUR 100 million, refreshing a plan from one decade ago, and President Aleksandar Vučić said talks are also underway with European institutions.

The city of Niš in Serbia may get a waste incinerator as the government signed memorandums with companies from China. According to Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Tomislav Momirović, the project is worth EUR 100 million.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has just revealed that negotiations on the construction of the facility have started with Germany’s KfW Development Bank and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) as well. In his words, the incinerator in the country’s third-largest city will be built under the highest standards.

There are many potential partners for sewage, wastewater treatment and incineration projects throughout Serbia, the president said.

No official data on partnership with China

Minister Momirović signed commercial contracts worth EUR 3.2 billion in February with state-owned China Road and Bridge Corp. (CRBC) for the design and construction of municipal wastewater treatment units and networks and landfill projects. Južne vesti news website reported, without revealing sources, that the incinerator in Niš would be built at the planned Kereš landfill near Doljevac. The landfill project has been stalled as the authorities failed several times to find a private partner.

The Kereš regional landfill project has been stalled as the authorities failed several times to find a private partner

The media outlet added the government failed to disclose the details of the deals reached with China. The construction of an incinerator for heat production was already mentioned as a possibility in the plan issued in 2010 for waste management in the region of Niš.

Another waste incinerator to be installed in Kragujevac

The document’s authors acknowledged the technology leads to emissions of toxic and cancerogenic matters but also pointed out there are solutions that prevent the release of such harmful gases and heavy metals into the atmosphere. Officials earlier hinted that Kragujevac, Serbia’s fourth-largest city, would get a waste incinerator within the investment package that includes Niš.

The European Union recommends incineration only for unrecyclable waste and encourages preventing waste creation. There are numerous controversies with regard to the construction of a waste incinerator in Vinča, in the territory of Serbia’s capital city of Belgrade. Of note, the EU provided support for the overhaul of the waste management system in the Sofia region of neighboring Bulgaria including a plan for a cogeneration plant fueled by waste.

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