Podgorica Wastewater Treatment Plant

Podgorica Wastewater Treatment Plant

Project Description

This project concerns the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant for Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, ancillary sewage collectors and primary and secondary network, as well as a sludge incineration plant. 

The new investments will ensure adequate collection and treatment of the wastewater generated by the city, which is now serviced by a 1970s plant, well under the capacity and level of treatment required by the current demand. Consequently, about 50% of the effluent is discharged directly into the Moraca River and then, further on, into the Skadar Lake - a Ramsar wetland area of international importance, jointly managed by Montenegro and Albania. Apart from mitigating the negative impact of untreated wastewater on biodiversity, the new investment will reduce the health hazards generated by the untreated effluent permeating surface and underground waters in the two countries. 

The project is envisaged to be implemented in three stages:

  • By 2020: New, 187,600 PE wastewater treatment plant, main transfer collector from the existing plant, and the sludge incineration plant;
  • By 2030: Primary collector and secondary sewerage network and house connections (approx. 85 km); 
  • By 2040: Primary collector and secondary sewerage network and house connections (approx. 72 km), as well as an increase in treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant to 235,000 PE. 

It benefits from €9.9 million in grants for construction costs and supervision services from the WBIF Bilateral Donors.

In addition to the WBIF grant support, the project has benefited from project preparation technical assistance provided by the German Government.


Start of Works on the Bilateral Donors’ Supported Wastewater Treatment Plant Podgorica

Financing Contracts for the New Wastewater Project in Podgorica Now in Place

Additional Funding for a New Wastewater Treatment Plant in Podgorica

Project Financing

WBIF Grant WB15-MNE-ENV-02 € 1,145,834
KFW Loan € 35,000,000
Beneficiary Contribution Own Contribution € 6,615,166
WBIF Grant WB-IG02-MNE-ENV-01 € 9,000,000
Jul-Plantaže Winery Own Contribution € 880,000
KFW External Grant € 285,000
WBIF Grant WB-IG06-MNE-ENV-01 € 23,713,493
Total € 76,639,493
Total Grants € 33,859,327
Total Loans € 35,000,000

Partner Financial Organisations

Western Balkans Partners