April 8 (Bloomberg) -- A new wastewater plant serving the Cypriot city of Nicosia, Europe’s only divided capital, shows how Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots can cooperate, European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule said.
“Local leaders of the two communities have succeeded in putting the needs of the population first to solve the sewage problems of the Greater Nicosia area,” Fule said in a speech today to mark the opening of the plant.
Cyprus has been divided into the Republic of Cyprus in the south and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus since 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup to unite the island with Greece. Cypriot leaders began the latest reunification talks in February.
The European Union fully financed the design of the plant, which had a budget of 29 million euros ($39.9 million), and contributed 30 percent of construction costs. The facility will serve 270,000 people, treating an average of 30,000 cubic meters of wastewater a day and providing 10 million cubic meters of treated water a year for agricultural irrigation.
The plant will also produce more than 3,000 metric tons of dry solids a year for fertilizer use and generate power from biogas to partly cover its energy needs.
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