TITLE: Consultancy Services for the project “Hellenic Participation in the MEAP Programme of FYROM – Financing the construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant” in Strumica, FYROM

CLIENT: Greek Ministry of Environment / MEAP

DURATION: 12/2001 – 12/2003

The consulting services related to the identification of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s construction works, the construction cost of the facility and any other regional projects, as well as to the development of a detailed work plan, the preparation of a preliminary plan for the construction works and other necessary studies, the preparation of tender documents, the monitoring of the construction works and the operation test, throughout the duration of the project.

EPEM was responsible for planning the effective use of funds, aiming to the completion of the construction, i.e. a fully functional wastewater treatment plant, conventional with other projects that were manufactured in FYROM, under the MEAP program.

Specifically, this program, among others, included:

  • identification of the physical and economic magnitude of the construction unit, and the timetable-project duration,
  • clarification and definition of the procedural issues,
  • update of the timetable for the project implementation,
  • technical support to the Greek Ministry of Environment for making all necessary contacts with the stakeholders in FYROM and the EBRD,
  • preparation of tender documents for the construction works and support services to the Greek Ministry of Environment in the tender procedures,
  • monitoring of the construction works until the planned completion date.

Over the course of the program, EPEM worked closely with the Greek Ministry of Environment, the EBRD, the Government of FYROM, the local authorities in the city of Stroumitsa, as well as with all the bodies established in the recipient country for the implementation of the MEAP Program.

TITLE: Wastewater management of Bitola region – Wastewater treatment plant of Gevgelia municipality

CLIENT: Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government (EETAA) / Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

DURATION: 6/2002-12/2003

The wastewater management study of the Municipalities of Bitola and Gevgeli in FYROM was elaborated by EPEM under the five-year development programs implemented by the Greek Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the EETAA.

The study reflected the current situation of wastewater sources, processing and disposal, as well as the management bodies. Moreover, solutions were proposed on the necessary treatment facilities of industrial and municipal wastewater, including their siting, technical characteristics and the estimated construction and operation cost. Finally, alternative funding sources were examined. The proposed treatment works were evaluated for funding under the Phare program.

TITLE: Technical assistance for the review and qualitative improvement of waste management and remediation programme documents supported by Cohesion Fund in Hungary (EuropeAid/119341/D/SV/HU)

CLIENT: EC / Υπουργείο Περιβάλλοντος και Υδάτων της Ουγγαρίας

DURATION: 9/2004 –

The project was implemented in the framework of the ISPA (Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession) Program and was elaborated by “EPEM SA (leader) – BC Berlin Consult GmbH – KszI Ltd”.

The project’s main goal was to provide technical assistance to the Hungarian competent authorities (Ministry of Environment and Water, Municipalities, National Development Office etc), in order to ensure the technically and economically effective implementation of the scheduled solid waste management and site remediation projects, as well as to accomplish the optimum utilization of the financing deriving from the Cohesion Fund.

The project referred to works to be developed in eight areas of Hungary, namely: County of Szabolcs–Szatmar–Bereg, Urom – Csokavar, Region of Mecsek–Drava, Mid-Danube Region, Town Gyor, Sopron Region, Heves Region and Mosonmagyarovar Region.

The works in the project area involved the construction of 15 landfills, 20 transfer stations, 10 material recycling facilities, 40 composting plants and 2 waste incinerators, as well as the restoration of sites of ~3.000 m2 and the utilization of ~300 waste dumpsites.

The project’s specific objectives included:

  • Review and assessment of the feasibility, EIA and techno-economic studies
  • Selection of the optimum waste management solution, in terms of technical and economic performance
  • Preparation of the Application Forms to the Cohesion Fund
  • Preparation of the tender documents for the construction works
  • Support during the tendering phase
  • Training of the actors involved in the preparation and implementation of the construction works (PIU, Municipal Authorities, MoEW etc)
  • Preparation of the Public Relations plan

Additionally, EPEM provided the conceptual study for waste incineration in Hungary, the strategy and action plan in implementing waste management projects utilizing Public Private Partnerships and EU funds and the prioritization of the works to be financed by EU funds.

TITLE: Paper recycling study in the Municipality of Fes, Morocco

CLIENT: TEDK Association, Crete

DURATION: 8/2006 – 3/2007

In the framework of a program for the exchange of expertise and experience in Solid Waste Management issues, involving local communities in Greece, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia, and funded by the ECOS - OUVERTURE program, EPEM prepared the study for the recovery and recycling of waste paper of the city Fes, in Morocco. Additionally, EPEM was involved in organizing and implementing an educational program aimed at engineers and other local technicians on the management, treatment, recovery and disposal of solid waste.

TITLE: Consulting services in the framework of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control law and harmonization with the IPPC Directive, in Cyprus

CLIENT: Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus (Environmental Agency)

DURATION: 8/2006 – 3/2007

The project's objective was the assessment of the current situation, compared to the Best Available Techniques (BATs), and to prepare the permit terms for the industrial installations under the IPPC Directive. The project included:

  • Assessment of the current situation and the environmental impacts from the operation of all industries included in Annex 1 of the 96/61/EC Directive (IPPC), and evaluation of the use of BATs by the industries in matters such as waste production and management, energy use, water and natural resources, the risk of accidents, noise, vibration, odors, environmental management systems for the reduction and the elimination of adverse environmental impacts etc. Air emissions and air pollution issues were exempted from the scope of work.
  • Study on the European reference documents on Best Available Techniques (BREFS), and IPPC licenses from three European countries for each type of industry.
  • Detailed report, which included the comparison of the current situation of each industry with the one proposed in the BREFs, identification of shortcomings and submission of detailed proposals for measures to be taken to achieve harmonization with the provisions of the IPPC Directive.
  • Preparation of the draft “IPPC permits” / “Waste Disposal Permits” for 14 IPPC industries in Cyprus.

TITLE: Consulting services for the preparation of a) feasibility study and environmental, siting and techno-economic study, and b) tender documents for the construction and operation of the asbestos waste landfill

CLIENT: Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus (Environmental Agency)

DURATION: 1/2006 –

The project is implemented by the partnership «EPEM SA - SYVILLA Ltd - P. Nikolaidis Ltd – IA.CO Ltd». The main objective of the consultancy services is to develop an integrated management plan for the asbestos wastes. The specific objectives include:

  • review of relevant legislation and international experience / practice
  • recording and analyzing the current situation in Cyprus
  • inventory of existing quantities of the available material for future management, as potential waste of both the private and public sector
  • analysis and evaluation of alternative management methods, for the case of Cyprus
  • formulating an integrated management plan
  • siting of a disposal area for the asbestos waste
  • preparation of terms of reference for construction and operation of a disposal area of the asbestos waste
  • estimation of the cost of investment and operation
  • investigation of the private sector participation in the implementation / operation of the project

TITLE: Final study for the “Construction and operation of the landfill and the transfer stations for municipal solid waste, in Pafos”


DURATION: 09/2003 – 04/2004

The Pafos landfill was constructed to meet the needs of disposal of municipal solid waste in the wider area of the province of Pafos. After the implementation of recycling programs ~15% of the waste will be driven in the landfill or 36.000 ± 5% tn of solid waste per year. EPEM prepared the final study for the landfill works (cells A1 + A2, capacity 770.000 m3) and in particular:

  • Configurations of the basin, internal roads, service areas and infrastructure
  • Waterproofing
  • Rainwater management - flood protection
  • Collection and treatment of leachate
  • Biogas collection and combustion
  • Environmental monitoring works
  • Temporary storage of hazardous waste and procurement of equipment
  • Study for the organization and operation

TITLE: Audit for the wastewater treatment plant in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

CLIENT: TEDK Association, Crete

In the framework of the program «Wastewater management and assessment of the most appropriate techniques for the Mediterranean Region», EPEM prepared the audit for the expansion and upgrading of the sewage treatment plant of Plovdiv, of an equivalent capacity of 1.000.000 inhabitants. After several field visits for the detailed recording and monitoring of the project’s characteristics, EPEM proposed specific interventions, both structural and functional, for the upgrading and optimization of its operation. In addition EPEM estimated the cost of expansion and upgrading projects and proposed programs (PHARE, ISPA etc.) for funding.


TITLE: Preliminary and final study for the landfill in the area of Bijelina, Bosnia – Herzegovina

CLIENT: EKO-DEP / World Bank

DURATION: 8/2007 - 8/2008

The project is funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Joint Venture «EPEM SA - HIDROZAVOD DTD ». The study included:

  • Site work. Illustration of the land, drilling, calculation of solid waste quantities that will be driven to the landfill etc.
  • Preliminary landfill design study
  • Suggested methods for solid waste treatment in the area
  • Rehabilitation study of the existing uncontrolled landfill
  • Proposals for the siting and operation of transfer stations
  • Environmental impact assessment study
  • Preliminary cost benefit analysis for the landfill
  • Final landfill study
  • Final cost benefit analysis for the landfill
  • Operation manual for the landfill

The regional World Bank office appraised the project for the outstanding landfill design and the development of the “Landfill operation handbook”.

TITLE: Technical Assistant for compliance with the EIA Directives (EUROPΕAID/119165/C/SV/BA)

CLIENT: EC / Ministry of Environment of Bosnia – Herzegovina

DURATION: 2/2005 – 2/2006

The project was implemented by the companies «ENVECO SA - EPEM SA »and aimed at the sustainable environmental management in Bosnia - Herzegovina, in order to adapt to the European standards and to increase the skills of the personnel of the Ministry of Environment (Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska), in order to manage Environmental Impact Assessment issues.

The project included:

  • Analysis and evaluation of the existing methodology for Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Preparation of a review of the methodology for Environmental Impact Assessment (in accordance with the European acquis - Directives 97/11 and 96/61), proposals in relation to arrangements in the legislative framework and administrative structures
  • Proposals for disclosure and public participation
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