Succesful conclusion of Kosovo clean-up project

July 5 2013

On Friday 26 April 2013, a dinner party in Pristina, Kosovo, celebrated the successful completion of the clean-up and sanitation project ‘Waste Removal – On-site Treatment ΙCΒ Νο4 Energy Sector Clean-up and Land Reclamation’. The project was initiated by Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK), co-funded by the World Bank and the Dutch embassy, and awarded to the consortium consisting of the Greek company Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) and Mourik Services (Mourik).

During the dinner party, the owners of both companies, Mr A. Polychronopoulos of EPE and Mr J.C. Mourik of Mourik respectively, along with the project team, explained the complexity and challenges of the project. The dinner party was attended by a representative of the Kosovar Ministry of Environment and representatives of KEK, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank and the American aid organisation United States Agency for International Development. The ambassadors for Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium were present as well.

The clean-up of the former brown coal plant of KEK was very important for the surrounding area and has contributed to a significant decrease in the public health and environmental risks in Kosovo.

During the execution, 5,500 tonnes of hazardous waste was removed and packed for export, and 14,700 tonnes of liquids with a low organic content (LLOC) was treated on site. The export of the waste was one of the most challenging parts of the project, as EU rules do not allow the import and eventual processing of waste within the borders of the EU. Kosovo and the two countries that received the waste, Belgium and Sweden, entered into two bilateral agreements on the latter.