Glavbolgarstroy picked to complete landfill in Pernik
Glavbolgarstroy construction company was picked to finish construction of the waste landfill in Pernik after a public tender, weekly Stroitelstvo Gradut quoted Pernik mayor Rositsa Yanakieva as saying.
The project is funded under European Union operational programme Environment and will cost a total 11 million euro. The project is now 35 per cent complete, having earlier received funding under EU’s Ispa pre-accession aid programme and the Bulgarian government.
Construction work was launched in 2003 but was put on hold over land ownership rights. The 140 sq m plot has been released on a 20-year concession contract. Once the project is completed, it will serve the needs for six neighbouring municipalities: Pernik, Tran, Breznik, Radomir, Kovachevtsi and Zemen.
Bulgaria was one of the three European Union member states given an extension on the deadline to close sub-standard landfill sites, the European Commission said in a media statement on July 17.
The EU-wide deadline for closing landfills that did not meet the bloc’s Landfill Directive was July 16. The new deadline for 14 existing landfills, which have to be shut down once new facilities are in place, is December 31 2014, but Bulgaria will also have to meet annual decreasing targets for the amount of waste disposed of in some non-compliant sites.