Serbia’s first public-private partnership water treatment project awarded to Metito

The signing of first public-private partnership project for the construction of a water treatment plant in the Republic of Serbia, was announced during an official ceremony earlier this week. Metito, one of the world’s leading providers of smart water management and alternative energy solutions, has been appointed by the City of Zrenjanin and the Public Water Company of Serbia (PWC) as a partner to develop, modernize and operate a state-of-the-art water distribution network. sewage treatment plant in the city of Zrenjanin.

The contract was signed by Metito Managing Director Rami Ghandour, Zrenjanin City Mayor Simo Salapura and PWC Acting Director Predrag Bodiroga. The signing ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, HE Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Serbia, Mubarak Saeed Burshaid Al Dhaheri, Metito Vice President for Business Development, Walid Madwar , and Metito’s country manager for Serbia, Branislav. Zec.

“With the signing of the contract for the realization of a water treatment project in Zrenjanin, we have taken a big step towards solving a decades-old problem for the citizens of Zrenjanin. I would like to thank the Mayor of Zrenjanin and his team for their persistent efforts to jointly find a solution to such a complex challenge, and I also thank the Public Water Company and in particular the Metito company, which, with its experience in the world’s water sector and the innovative technologies it applies, will be our true partner in this project,” said Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabić

The water quality challenge in Zrenjanin is a complex case and after extensive due diligence, Metito has devised a sustainable and innovative solution that will see the company integrate state-of-the-art technology and leverage its resources and expertise world while engaging in environmental stewardship. These strategic projects will help the Republic of Serbia achieve its water management strategy in support of the country’s 2020-2025 vision and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mayor of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, said: “This contract represents a double win. We have as a partner a renowned company that has innovative technology and an investment value of at least 18 million euros. The largest guarantee of this project will be the government of the Republic of Serbia, and we have exercised maximum caution and made sure to minimize the risks for the city and the citizens to the lowest possible level.”

Rami Ghandour, Managing Director of Metito, said: “We are honored to work alongside the Serbian government, the city of Zrenjanin and the public water company on this strategic project. Over six decades of global experience, a growing portfolio of over 3,000 projects in 50 countries, we have partnered with governments, worked with industries and communities to secure and manage their water needs. We are confident that we can deliver on this project, while keeping health, safety and the environment at the heart of our sustainable operations.

Metito currently has two active projects in Serbia with a planned investment of around 50 million euros. Earlier in 2021, Metito launched its strategic operations in the Republic of Serbia, investing in the Zrenjanin Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP.


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