In Canada, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General have reached financial close on the new USD335 million courthouse project in the city of St. Thomas. The new courthouse building will consolidate the city's two existing courts into a new multi-storey building to be completed in 2014. Another project in the province will develop a new building for three court locations in Belleville.
On the west coast of Canada, a new dam and hydroelectric project has been proposed for Site C on the Peace River in the Province of British Columbia. The USD7 billion program would provide enough clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity to power more than 450,000 homes per year.
The Thames Tideway project is billed as the largest water infrastructure project in the UK. It will see the construction of two tunnels: the £600m Lee Tunnel which will capture 39 million tonnes of storm sewage each year; and the mammoth 32.2km long, nine meter wide Thames Tunnel running broadly aligned with the river. The Lee Tunnel is due for completion in 2014, while the Thames Tunnel is scheduled to finish in 2020.
In early August the California High-Speed Rail Authority took a major step forward in implementing their high-speed rail vision with the release of a draft environmental impact report/statement for two key sections of the project. It is widely expected that the certification of these documents will make it possible to begin construction of the first section of the state's 800-mile system.
Zimbabwe Power Company is looking to raise capital for the expansion of Hwange and Kariba South power stations. In an effort to meet the country's growing electricity demand, the company intends to improve operational efficiencies at its existing power plants and invest in new generation capacity. The expansion of the sites are high priorities for the Government of Zimbabwe as well as for the Southern Africa Power Pool.
With strong local and Federal support, Multilogistica in Mexico is investing USD1 billion into a massive transport and logistics hub just outside of Mexico City. This is the first distribution infrastructure project in the region and will take 10 years to fully develop and will have the potential to incorporate development of rail connections, a dry port with customs facilities, and connections between the two existing ports at the site.
With the 2016 Olympic Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, Brazil recently kicked off a PPP project to build and operate Arena das Dunas Stadium in the World Cup FIFA Host City Natal. The USD260 million project will include the demolition of the existing facility and the construction of a new multipurpose arena with a capacity for 45,000 people. Another USD400 million will be spent to build a greenfield airport in Natal. The Sao Goncalo do Amarante airport is proposed as a 30-year build-operate-and-maintain concession that stands to set a benchmark for future concessions in the country.
Etlik Health Campus, one of the world's largest medical complexes, will be built in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. The Turkish-Italian construction effort will be completed in three and a half years with a concession period of 25 years. The facility will have 2,600 beds, with an investment in civil works of about USD1.3 billion.
The Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) and Ministry of Communications (MOC) in the State of Kuwait are considering procuring a private partner to operate and develop their fixed telephony service, access network, transmission network, international gateway and landing rights. PTB and MOC hope to structure a PPP model that expands its GPON nationally, improves services, adds value to the national economy, and creates new job opportunities.
One of India's largest infrastructure projects, the new Navi Mumbai International Airport will have a capacity of 10 million in 2014 and is expected to expand to accommodate 45 million passengers in 2025. With the existing Mumbai International Airport expected to reach its peak capacity of 42 million passengers by 2014, managing air traffic allocation will be a critical factor in the success of the project. There are also plans to build a 22 km road-cum-rail sea-link from Mumbai to the Navi Mumbai area. In a separate program, the Airports Authority of India also plans to hive off its Air Navigation Services into an independent corporate entity.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company is undertaking a new 42MIGD reverse osmosis seawater desalination project at Al Ghubrah near Muscat, Oman's largest city and the capital of Oman, to meet the growing water requirements of the Muscat Governate. The project is structured along the lines of Oman's market proven framework of successful power and water PPP projects.
South Africa's Department of Health and Social Development is moving forward with a PPP process for the new Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital. The facility will form part of an Academic Health complex to provide an integrated teaching environment. Other projects in the sector include the Limpopo Nursing Colleges, Gateway Hospital and the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.
Sydney, Australia plans to develop a new International Convention and Entertainment Centre delivered as a PPP on the site of the existing 23-year-old facilities. While still in the planning stage, the project is expected to be awarded and begin construction in 2012.
CANADA - St Thomas Courthouse: Infrastructure Ontario, News Release: Contract Awarded for St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Project, June 15 2011 Site C: BC Hydro, Province of British Colombia, About Site C Fact Sheet, Spring 2011
UK - Thames Tideway: Thames Water, Tideway Times, August 5, 2011
CALIFORNIA - California HSR: California High Speed Rail Authority, Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statements, August 9, 2011
MEXICO - Mexico Multilogistica: Mexico Now, Bringing Manufacturing Back Home, August 25, 2011
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe power projects: Zimbabwe Power Company, News Release: EIA Public Hearing - Kariba Expansion Project, July 26, 2011
BRAZIL FIFA: FIFA, News Release: Work continuing on Brazil 2014 stadiums, June 27, 2011. Brazil airport: Airport World, Consortium wins contract to build Brazil's first privatised airport, August 23, 2011
TURKEY - Asia Pulse, Erdogan talks on projects for Turkish capital of Ankara, May 25, 2011
KUWAIT - Kuwait Times, Arab Telecom and Internet Forum, June 5, 2011
OMAN - Muscat Daily, Ghubrah IWP construction qualification process opens, September 11, 2011
SOUTH AFRICA - IJ Online, Advisers in place for SA hospital PPP, May 9, 2011
INDIA - India Navi Mumbai Airport: Business Standard, Mega plan for Navi Mumbai airport, August 29, 2011. India Air Navigation Services: Business Standard, Air navigation service to be a new firm from Apr, August 5, 2011
AUSTRALIA: NSW State Government, News Release: World Class Entertainment Heads to Sydney, July 8, 2011