Preliminary study for investing in water supply systems in rural areas of Albania

In the first phase of this study, igr mapped, with the assistance of GIS maps, the current situation regarding drinking water supply in the rural areas. On the basis of this information, it was determined in the second study phase what additional investments and actions were required to guarantee a universal water supply. As the necessary investments exceeded the available resources, the required measures were ranked in order of priority in the last phase of the study.

The study was commissioned and funded by the Keditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

Services provided by igr

  • Analysis of the starting situation
  • Analysis of the legal and organisational underlying conditions
  • Data processing and presentation of the results with GIS
  • Establishing criteria for prioritisation
  • Formulating an approach for a programme to extend the water supply infrastructure

Key figures

  • 50% of the Albanian population live in rural areas
  • Up to 800,000 people in rural areas do not have a connection to the water supply
  • Only 3% of rural communities have a waste water disposal system

Organisation of Municipal Climate Protection initiatives in Croatia

The project ‘Organisation of municipal climate protection initiatives in Croatia’, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), and implemented through the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), had the goal to set up and begin implementation of the climate protection programmes of selected Croatian cities and municipalities. The initiatives were embedded in, and coordinated by multi-level networks, so that the participants had the opportunity to learn from each other and from external specialists.

Services provided by igr

  • Strengthening of networking among municipal energy and climate protection representatives
  • Communications and public relations
  • Organising a study trip of Croatian partners to Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • Preparation and running of networking meetings
  • Preparation and running of final event
  • Establishment and management of a network
  • Climate protection consultancy in the fields of solar energy, biomass and energy efficiency
  • Consultancy services
  • Project management

Water supply and sewerage masterplan for Albania

Albania is rich in water resources, which are excellently suited to securing drinking water. However, water supply and wastewater disposal systems are inadequate in many parts of the country. Supply failures are mainly the result of the poor condition of the infrastructure and the sometimes low connection rates to the public supply network, as well as the inefficient operation and incorrect maintenance of plants.

The goal of the master plan is to bring water supply and wastewater disposal in Albania up to EU standards, and to support the Albanian government with investment planning. The project was funded by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and supported by the international donor community.

In a number of project phases the legal, institutional and political background conditions for the water sector, as well as the current socio-economic situation were analysed; an extensive data survey of all water supply companies carried out; and overarching designs for water supply and wastewater disposal and treatment in urban and rural areas developed, as well as necessary investments determined. With the involvement of the Albanian ministries and institutions, as well as the international donor community, a prioritisation strategy was developed, whose criteria determined the order of investment, which was summarised in short-, medium- and long-term investment plans.

The master plan was developed with GIS and handed over to the Albanian government as a GIS-based planning instrument.

Services provided by igr

  • Analysis of the initial situation and prevailing background conditions
  • Data collection and processing with GIS
  • Development of overarching designs for wastewater disposal and treatment
  • Determination of investments and cost estimates
  • Setting of prioritising criteria
  • Development of investment plans
  • Development of a GIS-based planning instrument
Bauoberleitung Albanien

Water supply and environmental protection measures at Lake Shkodra, Albania

Shkodra (approximately 100,000 inhabitants) and the municipally linked village of Shiroka lie directly on the bank of the largest lake in the Balkan peninsular, Lake Shkodra, which due to its bird protection area is nationally important.

The project goals are to secure a sustainable and reliable drinking water supply for the city of Shkodra; and the improvement of the municipal sewage network as well as the construction of a new sewage system and a waste water treatment plant for Shiroka – to prevent the discharge of untreated waste water into Lake Shkodra. Furthermore, the relevant municipal company UK Shkodra will be transformed into a modern, self-financing public utility company.

The project components include the planning and invitation to tender for the investment measures, the construction supervision following the FIDIC Red book, and measures to strengthen the operational viability of the public utility company.

The project was funded through a partnership of the German Financial Cooperation with Albania, the Austrian Development Cooperation, as well as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

igr was significantly involved in supervising construction, on behalf of the Joint Venture Stucky/Dornier-Schneider Consulting.

Services provided by igr

  • Supporting the overall project management during the construction phase
  • Management of three works contracts following the FIDIC Red Book, and construction supervision
  • Taking over of part of the works


  • ca. 29 km water pipework
  • ca. 15,500 water meters
  • 1,000 m3 water storage tank
  • ca. 46 km sewage pipework
  • 2 waste water pumping stations
  • Biological-mechanical waste water treatment plant 2,000 PE
Vermarktung von Kreditlinien

Project Loan Funding Facility for water supply and waste water projects in the Republic of Croatia, Phase I - III

For the financing of infrastructure projects in Croatia, a credit facility was established by the Croatian Bank for Development and Reconstruction (HBOR) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

The goal of this financial support is the long-term financing of the repair and extension of public water supply and wastewater disposal in the Republic of Croatia. The financial service is hence designed to improve the municipal infrastructure, whilst contributing to the protection of Croatia’s natural resorces. The total volume of the investment was € 70 M.

Services provided by igr

  • Support to HBOR in marketing of the credit facility
  • Assessment of the individual project proposals
  • Review of existing design documentation
  • Assistance to HBOR during the due-diligence process
  • Providing support for HBOR and KfW through an independent technical assessment of the project implementation, and an assessment of the work of the advisors to each individual project
  • Monitoring the progress of construction work of individual projects (with regard to the contract time and budget plan) and forecasting the project completion date
  • Monitoring of respective payments (amount and due date) and control of the total available funds for each individual project, the amount of assigned funds for contracts as well as the amount already spent
  • Reporting to HBOR and KfW about substantial technical and non-technical problems during the course of the project; and submission of suggestions to cope with and solve the problems
  • Reporting (project progress and completion reports, final report)