Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Greece continue to advance with great momentum. The full prevalence of the PPP model is partly explained by the flexibility in maturity, financing, terms and implementation during preparation.

They are also projects that offer a stable financial environment both to the contracting authorities and to the contractors who together can know that by implementing projects with this method there is a safety net.

Today, the PPP projects that are in tender or are preparing to be tendered have exceeded 6.5 billion euros and mainly concern projects that are in the tender process. With significant market acceptance, they are a safe way out for projects that are unable to run through traditional funding channels such as the NSRF or the Public Investment Program. We have collected the 37 largest projects that are expected to be implemented in the coming years, provided of course that all are successfully completed and the relevant contracts are signed.

Of course, not everything is positive. PPP projects are time-consuming in terms of the maturation and tendering period that takes some years. This is a fact that cannot be disputed, although significant efforts are being made to mitigate it through legislation.

The paradox is that even from this point of view, PPP projects remain a faster and safer way of implementation than classic public projects. Why; Because during the implementation period, delays are minimal, resulting in the projects, when they get into a rhythm, running satisfactorily. We will see these projects divided into two main categories. Projects under tender and those headed for tender.

PPP on tender

Building and road projects are dominant today in PPP projects. In buildings we have tenders for buildings in the field of education, research and Civil Protection. More specifically they are:

-Three tenders for buildings and student residences at the Universities of Thrace (107 million), Crete (255 million) and Thessaly (116 million), which promise to transform the image of building infrastructure and provide a new upgraded service for students.

We also have:

-the Research Center of the Academy of Athens (89 million)

– the State of Innovation on Piraeus Avenue

– the double tender for the 13 Regional Civil Protection Centers (163 million)

– the 17 schools in Central Macedonia (159 million).

-The new Courthouses in Central Macedonia

-The 5 Police Stations in 5 cities of the Region

– the new building of the General Secretariat in Piraeus

In road projects, we have five major tenders from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for highways and local roads. More detail :

The first concerns the section of the VOAK (as of 2018) Hersonissos-Naples costing approximately 350 million euros.

The second project concerns the road axis Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni (from 2019) costing 250 million euros and

The third project concerns the flyover (Eastern Peripheral of Thessaloniki and started at the end of 2020) with a cost of around 400 million euros.

The fourth is the Drama-Amphipolis axis which was recently announced at a cost of 250 million euros.

The fifth is the Thessaloniki-Edessa axis which was also announced recently at a cost of 440 million euros

We also have a lot of movement in water works and Dams. Here we also find very important projects in the tender process such as:

– the Havria Dam in Halkidiki with 105 million euros which will solve the serious water and irrigation problem of the region.

– the Enipea Dam in Farsala

– the double Dam on the Tavronitis River in Crete

– the external water supply system of Attica

Also up for auction are:

-the two waste units in Attica amounting to 800 million euros and the waste unit in the western sector of Central Macedonia with 250 million euros
– the operation and maintenance of the Thessaloniki Metro
– the large project for Ultra Fast Broadband with a cost of up to 800 million euros, but also smaller street lighting projects.

PPP projects for tender

Several new projects are also being prepared using the PPP method. The most important projects that we will see going to auction in the next period are:

In terms of building projects, we expect:

– the auction of the 8 Courthouses (it will be split into 2 tenders for Thessaly and Crete) and
– the Government Park in the Dafni-Ymitto area.

At the same time, OSE is preparing the PPP project for the maintenance of the railway network in Northern Greece amounting to 300 million euros. The Ministry of Economy and Finance is also preparing the PPP for Corfu’s water supply.

The PPP projects of the Ministry of Rural Development

The implementation through PPP for 8 major projects of the Ministry of Rural Development is also headed for tender. The projects will be financed by the Recovery Fund, the Rural Development Program of the next financial periods and the national Public Investment Program.

Specifically, these 8 projects are:

1) Water transfer projects from the Nestos River in the Xanthi Valley (P.E. Xanthi). • Construction cost with PPP: €203,000,000

2) Modernization of irrigation networks TOEV Tavropos (P.E. Karditsa. Construction cost with PPP: €114,000,000

3) Chochlakion Lake Reservoir of Sitia and network of water transport feeders to an existing irrigation network (P.E. Lasithiou). Construction cost with PPP: €18,518,362

4) Dam and Network Ag. Ioannis Ierapetra and irrigation network (P.E. Lasithiou). Construction cost with PPP: €26,044,385

5) Minagiotiko Pylos Dam and irrigation network (P.E. Messinia). Construction cost with PPP: €98,500,000

6) Dam at Bougazi Domokos and irrigation network (P.E. Fthiotida. Construction cost with PPP: €26,397,000

7) Dam at Livadi Arachova, Irrigation network and hydroelectric plant. Construction cost with PPP: €23,005,200


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