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  • The French broadband connection

    Local authorities are plugging the gaps in France's high-speed broadband coverage left behind by traditional telecoms operators by awarding concession contracts under a PPP model

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like infra…

    Welcome to the final missive for the year written in the teetering shadow of a mountain of IJGlobal award submissions in advance of signing off for 2018 and wishing you all a merry Christmas and the very best for 2019

  • The 12 projects of Christmas

    Pick up the phone to anyone right now and the first thing you’ll be told is that they’re run off their feet and that the market’s “gangbusters” as everyone pulls together to get deals over the line before the end of the year… or Christmas, if you’re old school

  • Greece tries to swap EU funds for PPPs

    In early October, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu visited Greece to inaugurate two major transport projects – the Tithorea-Domokos railway line and Thriassio Pedio Freight Complex

  • Royal Inland Hospital, British Columbia

    The recent financing of the Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower project featured the first internationally accredited green bond in the Canadian P3 market

  • Ethiopia’s bold renewable energy ambitions

    Ethiopia has huge renewable energy potential. Its government estimates the country to produce roughly 45GW of hydropower alone, though only 5% of this potential has yet been realised

  • Dundonnell Wind Farm, Australia

    The Victoria government announced last September the six project winners of the first auction of the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. Some two months later, Tilt Renewables had reached financial close on the A$560 million 336MW Dundonnell wind farm – the first under VREAS

  • US airports – hashtag flying too

    Everyone has an airport horror story and – curiously – many of them occur in America. For a First World nation that embraced flight early as the favoured mode of transport, it remains a curiosity that the user experience is so… Third World

  • Italy's infrastructure under pressure

    At a time when Italy is in urgent need of investment in infrastructure, a number of projects are suffering delays due to indebted construction companies and political pressures. A dispute between the national government and the EU is creating economic uncertainty, and the recent Morandi bridge disaster is casting a dark shadow over all private sector-led projects in the country

  • Thailand – transport of delight

    Casting an eye around the global infra market for this week’s missive, the first thought was to write about American airports, but Thanksgiving put the kibosh on that. The second option was PPP across Asia Pacific, but that’s just too much shoe-horn into one story. Then, after a few calls with chums in Singapore, the eye fell on Thailand… and stayed there

  • The Caribbean – welcome to PPParadise

    Many people find it hard to look beyond sun-drenched beaches and cocktails when it comes to the Caribbean. But with 28 countries and a combined population of 42.5 million, there’s a strong argument for rebranding it “the land of sun, sea and PPP”… if it can follow the example of Jamaica

  • Airports – a folly by any other NAIM

    The worst thing any country with ambitions to drive an infrastructure investment programme can do is to cancel a headline project when it’s well on the way through construction

  • Howard County Courthouse P3 – Maryland, US

    It is almost unheard of in the US for a P3 project to go from procurement to financial close in just under a year. However, this is exactly what happened with the $150 million Howard County Circuit Courthouse P3 in Maryland, which reached financial close in October, setting a precedent for how infrastructure projects should be procured in North America

  • PPP – drip, drip… silence

    Throughout history the UK has been responsible for numerous infrastructure inventions that have rocked the world – from the jet engine through to pneumatic tyres, the telephone, railways, good old tar macadam… and PPP

  • The acquisition of JLIF

    Curious observers will now wonder what the deal means for the market

  • Qatar’s infrastructure race to 2022 and beyond

    In September, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi unveiled the Gulf state’s plans to set aside around $5.49 billion in 2019 for the ongoing revamp of Doha’s infrastructure in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup

  • Blankenburg Tunnel, Netherlands

    As one of the last projects in the current Dutch PPP programme – which has often (and rightly) been described as the posterchild for efficiency – procurement for the Blankenburg Tunnel should have been a demonstration of the speed and ease with which the cogs turn in a well-oiled machine

  • Tibar Bay Port: Timor-Leste’s first-ever PPP

    Originally conceived in 2012, Timor-Leste’s first-ever PPP – Tibar Bay Port – has reached financial close and is expected to serve as the template for other transactions going forward

  • Albania: Learning the ABC of PPP

    In September this year, Albanian Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Damian Gjiknuri reiterated his support of the PPP model as a means of improving public infrastructure in the country. Albania’s crumbling infrastructure is characterised by alarming deficiencies across various sectors – including roads, railways, telecoms, ports and airports – constraining trade and connectivity

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