New Zealand adds big infrastructure deals to pipeline

09 December 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

New Zealand’s new infrastructure adviser has updated its pipeline with some of the country’s larger upcoming projects.

Allan Bollard, chairman of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (“Te Waihanga” in Maori), said in an emailed announcement that the update includes 506 projects from 15 mainly government organisations. Close to a third – NZD 6.5bn (USD 4.3bn) – by value is in the transport sector.

The update means the NZ Infrastructure Commission pipeline now includes the delayed Auckland to Mangere light-rail – the country’s largest project at an estimated NZD 4bn-NZD 6bn – the Auckland Metro Rail Network Program and the new Waikeria Prison, which reached financial close last year.  

There are eight projects listed as worth more than NZD 500m.

Apart from the new Waikeria Prison – which is being built now under a PPP, the only project procured under that category so far – the others include the Auckland Metro Rail Network Program, the Main North Line Resinstatement Project (a rail line from Christchurch to Picton) and the New Dunedin Hospital Campus.

Other than Waikeria, the light rail project is the only one of that size that is being considered for a PPP. The others are either alliance contracts, construct-only contracts or their procurement has not been decided yet.

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