The Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) projects unit of the Ministry of Finance established in 2010 launched a strategic plan to carry out infrastructure and exportation projects in cooperation between private sector and banks.
The PPP unit offered five new projects for investors before the end of the current fiscal year (FY) 2015-2016. The total cost of the projects is estimated between EGP 7bn and EGP 8bn.
The unit will offer 12 more projects during the upcoming FY 2016-2017, that will cost between EGP 17bn and EGP 20bn, according to Ater Hanoura, head of PPP unit at the Ministry of Finance.
The current and new projects that the unit is working on include:
Safaga Sea Water Desalination Plan: Contractor: National Authority for Potable Water and Sewage. The project is under prefeasibility studies. The PPP Supreme Committee completed its re-feasibility study for the project, which is expected to start the tendering procedures in October 2015. The unit is in negotiations with EBRD to finance the transaction advisor. Sea water desalination plant has a total capacity of 40,000m3/day to provide Safaga City with the necessary water. The plant will be constructed on two phases, 20,000 m3/day each.
El-TOR Sea Desalination Plant: Contractor: National Authority for Potable Water and Sewage. The project is under prefeasibility studies. The project aims to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintenance of El-TOR seawater desalination plant with a total capacity of 20,000 m3/day. The project’s operation duration will be eighteen years and the construction period will be two years. The pre-feasibility study has been finalised and the Supreme Committee approved starting the tendering procedures. It is expected to start tendering procedures in Q4 2015Constructing four water plants in Qalyubiya Governorate: Contractor: Ministry Of Housing under the supervision of the unit and will be implemented in Qaliubiya Governorate. The duration of the project and period of operations will be determined in the tender document.
River Transport Projects: Contractor: Ministry Of Transport and located in Upper Egypt governorates of Qena, Sohag, and Assuit. Atkins – one of the world’s most respected design, engineering, and project management consultancies – is doing some studies related operations duration. The project aims to construct three-river transport ports to develop river transport to be one of the main and important transportation facilities in Egypt.
Safaga Industrial Port: Contractor: Ministry Of Industry and Foreign Trade – industrial and mining projects council. The prefeasibility study was finalised and the project was approved by the PPP Supreme Committee and agreed to appoint IFC as a transaction and financial advisor for the project. It is expected to start tendering procedures in December 2015.
Nile River Bus Ferry: The project aims to develop, manage, and operate the river bus facility in Greater Cairo. It includes the modernisation of river transport fleet and adding new units to it, in 30 new river ports, half of which are new. The project will be announced in November.
The project aims to purchase, finance, and operate the river transport fleets (30 boats), develop 16 current terminals, adding around 14 new terminals, design, build, finance, operate, and maintain. The project investment amounted $66m.
Real Estate Registration Offices project: This project aims to rehabilitate all notary offices nationwide and even establish new ones to reach a total of 400 offices. It will also develop the programmes they operate and the technology they utilise – at an investment cost of some EGP 560m.
The Commercial Register Project: This project aims to develop 88 offices and digitise them, as well as to develop delivery services, with investments of 1.2bn during 2 years.
The PPP unit launched its first plan in 2009 covering the education, medical, and utilities sectors. These projects were suspended due to the 25 January Revolution and the unit seeks to implement them in the next stage.