Interest builds in rare New Zealand DBFO

The first sizeable PPP to emerge in the New Zealand water sector for more than a decade is generating considerable interest from the private water community. The prospect of co-financing from a local Maori tribe provides an interesting twist.

On 20 September, Rotorua Lakes Council issued a request for expressions of interest in the first sizeable public-private partnership to be tendered in the New Zealand water sector in more than ten years.

The scope of the design-build-finance-operate contract includes the addition of MBR and UV treatment steps to the Council’s existing 18,500m3/d wastewater treatment plant, as well as the...

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