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Odesa region modernizing 12 irrigation facilities, EBRD ready to invest in pumping station – Agrarian Policy Ministry
KYIV. Sept 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Odesa region will implement 12 pilot projects to modernize pumping stations and reclamation canals for a total of UAH 350 million, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said on its website on Wednesday.
The ministry also informs about the readiness of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to invest EUR 90 million in reconstruction of the main pumping station of the Lower Dniester irrigation system (Odesa region).
"As for Odesa region, 12 pilot projects will be implemented to modernize pumping stations and reclamation canals with a total budget of UAH 350 million. After that, other reclamation facilities will be scaled up throughout the region. In addition, the Lower Dniester irrigation system will receive capital investments and investments of EUR 90 million – this is a pilot being implemented within the framework of the EBRD," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry did not specify the timing of modernization of irrigation facilities, sources of financing and other details of the project.
According to the website of Odesa Regional State Administration, the Lower Dniester irrigation station is designed to supply water for irrigation on an area of 34,400 hectares, water intake comes from the Dniester River, in the village of Mayaky (Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky district, Odesa region). At the site, a supply canal, a water intake structure, pumping and power equipment and pressure water conduits, as well as lifting equipment require complete reconstruction.
The Regional State Administration also cites data from Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Roman Leschenko, according to who the EBRD is ready to allocate $92 million for the implementation of a project for complete reconstruction of the main pumping station, which will expand the irrigated areas of the Lower Dniester irrigation system from 12,000 hectares to 40,000 hectares.
As reported, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in May 2019 signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of irrigation in Ukraine, which will allow attracting financing for such projects.