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The Government of Norway recently announced plans to carry out a road public private partnership (PPP) program on a press conference in Oslo on 14 April 2015.
The Norwegian Government will establish a State Road Development Company which will receive funding of NOK130 billion (US$16.55 billion). The company will use those funds to plan and operate seven major highway sections over the coming 20 years.
The highway sections will be procured as PPPs. The purpose of the new road development company is to induce cheaper and more effective road development in Norway.
The Norwegian Government's plans have been known for some time, but the designated highway sections - and as development targets for PPPs - are new.
The seven sections selected are the following:
E6 is the main north-south corridor from Sweden via Oslo to Kirkenes in the very east of Northern Norway. E18 connects Kristiansand and towns in South Norway to Oslo and Sweden. E39 is the coastal main road from Kristiansand via Stavanger, Bergen and Ålesund to Trondheim.
We have recently published that the Municipality of Ullensaker, Norway, had launched a tender process to develop the new secondary school at Gystadmarka through a PPP project.
During the last two weeks we have reported about several road PPP projects globally: