The Government of Thailand has launched the tender of the U-Tapao Airport expansion PPP project with a market sounding session. The event aimed to provide the participants with project information and associated plans and policies, and to invite expressions of interest.
Infrastructure/PPP news in Thailand
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has pledged to finance Thailand's TBH224.54 billion (US$7.1 billion) high-speed railway linking three major airports, Bangkok and the Eastern Economic Corridor, to be developed through a public-private partnership (PPP).
The Government of Thailand has approved the country's second high-speed railway PPP project, which will involve the development of a 220km line linking three international airports. It is expected to cost approximately THB225 billion (US$7.2 billion).
The Department of Highways (DOH), within Thailand's Ministry of Transport, is to hold a seminar to announce the tender and invite the private sector to participate in public-private partnerships for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of Bang Pa-in – Nakhon Ratchasima Intercity Motorway (M6) and Bang Yai – Kanchanaburi Intercity Motorway (M81).
The government of Thailand has reaffirmed its plans to tender four light rail projects in the coming months. The projects are key parts of the Transport Ministry's US$3.2 billion infrastructure development plan for 2018 and will be developed through public-private partnerships.
The Government of Thailand has announced it will let domestic and foreign investors collaborate with government agencies in developing social housing projects through the PPP scheme under the Pracha Rat Home scheme.
Thailand's Department of Airports (DOA) has announced it seeks private partners to invest in the development of 29 airports in the country.
Thailand's US$20 billion pipeline involves 12 projects to be approved by the PPP Committee this year.
The MASS Rapid Transit of Thailand (MRTA) has awarded to the BSR joint venture the contract to build and operate the Bangkok’s Pink and Yellow monorail lines under a PPP concession.
The Ministry of Transport has opened a forum to hear feedback on Nakhon Pathom - Hua Hin Motor Way collaboration project before implementing the project in 2017.
According to the MASS Rapid Transit of Thailand, two consortiums have submitted bids for the PPP contracts for the projects of Bangkok’s Pink and Yellow line that will be developed as monorails.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Traffic and Transportation Department has announced that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Bangkok’s planned Grey Line monorail project (Thailand) has been completed and will be submitted to the National Environment Board.
Singtel has announced it has entered into conditional share purchase agreements with Temasek to acquire shares in Intouch Holdings Public Company Limited and Bharti Telecom Limited (Bharti Telecom).
The short listed projects were derived from regional and national infrastructure priority pipelines which were subjected to selection methodologies covering a range of criteria pertaining to strategic relevance, level of project development, project feasibility, complexity of implementation and fiscal impact. The short-listing process was conducted through desk review of projects based on available information and consultations with concerned public and private sector officials from the Member States, multilateral and bilateral development organizations and other relevant information sources.
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works of Thailand has announced that both the Bankok-Rayong and Bangkok-Hua Hin high speed rail projects have been put under the PPP fast track plan.
Thailand's Deputy Prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has instructed the Office of State Enterprise Policy Committee to incorporate into the PPP programme two high-speed train projects: the Bangkok-Hua Hin and Bangkok-Rayong projects.
According to sources, the tender processes are scheduled to be launched by June. The rail lines are expected to be operational by 2019 after a 3 year construction period.
The panel, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, agreed to move forward with the development of the projects using the PPP model.
Somkid Jatusripitak, deputy prime minister and chairman of PPP, said, these five projects would be driven under the PPP fast track, which would take shorter time to rush all the processes. The tender processes for the projects are expected to be launched soon to finish the bidding process by the first half of 2016.
According to Mr Somkid, the projects will be submitted to the cabinet for approval this year. They include three Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) projects in Bangkok and two waste-to-energy power plants. The five approved projects are the following: