EIB considers loan for German PPP road project

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EIB considers loan for German PPP road project

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's nonprofit long-term lending institution, is considering financing the A6 Wiesloch/Rauenberg-Weinsberg road PPP project in Germany.

Germany's Stuttgart regional council launched the contract notice for the project in September last year.

The project involves the widening of a 25.5 km section of the A6 motorway between Wiesloch-Rauenberg and Weinsberg (south of Heidelberg, north of Stuttgart) and maintenance of the overall section of 47.1 km. The project also includes a 1.3 km viaduct which crosses the Neckar Valley.

The project will be developed under a 30-year concession  on a design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) basis.

The total project investment has not been disclosed. The EIB plans to provide a €235 million (US$266 million) loan for the project.

During September last year we reported two updates regarding the German road sector: the opening of the A9 section between Berlin and Munich and the financial close of the A7 Bordesholm-Hamburg.

These two PPP projects add up an investment of about €390 million (US$441 million).

Germany's autobahn network has a total length of about 12,900 km which ranks it among the most dense and longest systems in the world. The Autobahn is the federal controlled-access highway system in Germany.

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