RFQ launched for Ghana's first road PPP

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RFQ launched for Ghana's first road PPP

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The Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Highway Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, has issued a Request for Qualifications for the country's first ever Public Private Partnership project in the road sector. Interested parties are invited to prequalify for the design, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of the extended Accra-Tema Motorway Project.

The Accra-Tema motorway is a 19km dual carriageway. It forms an integral part of the National Route 1 (N1) starting from Aflao (in the Volta Region) and ending at Elubo (in the Western Region).  It is also part of the Trans West African Highway (Abidjan-Lagos Corridor), linking the city of Accra, the Kotoka International Airport and Tema Port.

The successful bidder will be responsible for the following scope of services under a PPP arrangement:

  • Reconstruction of the Accra-Tema motorway with a focus on capacity enhancement.
  • Provision of entry and exit ramps at strategic locations along the motorway.
  • Upgrading and capacity enhancement of the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange
  • Provision of necessary facilities for safe pedestrian crossings
  • Construction of grade-separated interchanges at the Tema and Ashaiman roundabouts
  • Capacity enhancement of the road link between the two roundabouts of the road leading up to the Afariwa junction on the Akosombo road
  • Remodelling of the Apenkwa Interchange
  • Upgrading of road linking Apenkwa Interchange and Neoplan junction

The proponent must ensure free flowing traffic and full access control through construction. The project has been valued at US$200 to 300 million.

The project will be awarded through a two-stage process with Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) contractual arrangements. First, prospective bidders will be prequalified based on legal, technical, construction, PPP and O&M experience, key personnel qualifications and financial capability requirements. The prequalified parties will then be invited to submit bids.

A pre-qualification conference will be held on 8 February 2018. Pre-qualification documents must be submitted by 28 February 2018. The Ghana Highway Authority will notify successful pre-qualified parties within four weeks of the deadline.

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This tender comes after years of slow legislative development regarding PPPs which severely impacted the planning, financing and implementation of infrastructure projects. Its release is thanks in considerable part to the World Bank, who, in 2012, approved a US$30 million loan to finance institutional, fiduciary, legislative and financial capacity building for PPPs in Ghana, support the preparation of a PPP pipeline and implement project management and monitoring and evaluation.

A wave of PPP projects were subsequently announced by the Ghanaian government, with the Accra-Tema motorway being labelled a priority.  Other priorities include two other highway projects, two port expansions (one of which is the Tema Port, to be served by the Accra-Tema motorway) and a joint port expansion and railway.

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