2 July 2012
A consortium led by Mott MacDonald and including WYG and Atkins has been awarded a contract by the European Commission to help strengthen essential infrastructure development across the Western Balkans.
The consortium will provide technical assistance as part of the Infrastructure Projects' Facility (IPF) of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). The IPF prepares priority infrastructure projects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo*. The WBIF also includes a special support programme for Iceland.
Launched in December 2009, the WBIF pools financial resources from the European Commission, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), and bi-lateral donors to finance projects that are key to socio-economic development in the Western Balkans. The IPF assists with the preparation of infrastructure projects as part of the lending process of the IFIs and EU grants.
Since 2009 almost £5 billion in loans and grants have been made as part of the WBIF programme for essential infrastructure development in the region across four target sectors – transport, energy, environment and social infrastructure. Projects that have received funding so far include: €61 million for a 400kV upgrade to the power transmission system in Serbia; €100 million to improve regional roads in Albania; and €70 million to establish renewable energy generation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
WYG, Mott MacDonald and Atkins are three globally active companies capable of drawing on the experience and expertise of more than 28,000 qualified and experienced experts worldwide. As part of the IPF the consortium will provide technical support and advice ranging from pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, economic and financial analysis, environmental and social impact assessments, preliminary and detailed design drawings and supervision of works, to assess the technical, economic and financial strength of projects.
Keith Cook, Managing Director international Socio-economic Services, WYG said: “It is a testament of our work and reaffirms our commitment to the region to be appointed onto the third phase of such a significant programme following our continued support throughout phase I/II. We look forward to working with our consortium partners to help the region continue to develop.”
Wim Verheugt, Mott MacDonald’s project director, commented: “This strategic win underlines our commitment to provide high quality engineering, environmental and management consultancy services over the long-term in the Western Balkans and Iceland and consolidates our presence in south east Europe. As part of the consortium we are committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the region.”
Ian Paterson, Service Director of Atkins’ Highways & Transportation PPP Advisory Services division said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership to develop the region. Bringing our strong multi sector experience to the table, we will provide expertise in transportation, environment, social sector and energy to deliver long lasting benefits to the Western Balkans.”
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.