Sogreah for the port and Gide for legal issues. The Port project benefits from strong Government support and is expected to be operational in 2011 under a BOT scheme. The final feasibility study is expected to be published in April 2008.
Enfidha Deep See Port
In line with the modernisation of its port infrastructure and in consideration of the growth of container transshipment traffic in the mediterranean basin, the Tunisian Government intends to construct a deep seaport at Enfidha in the form of a full BOT. A call for expression of interest from firms and corsortia specialised in the development and operation of such terminals was published on 14 December 2007. The closing date for the submission of expression of interst is 31 January 2008.
Second Nile Crossing at Jinja
The project is at concept stage. A few issues have been identified in the initial appraisal studies but additional studies are required. The intention will be to toll the second crossing to HGVs and repair the current crossing and retain as untolled and for light vehicles only.
The Second Crossing could not be thought of as a domestic only project, but a designated domestic link in the context of the regional Northern Corridor. This would allow Uganda to access additional funding for the feasibility studies and, potentially, the implementation.
South African Road Toll Roads:
Winelands Toll Road and Wild Coast Toll Road
These projects are very high on the agenda of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and will be carried out regardless of the private sector role – though a they are actively seeking a private investor. SANRAL does not provide any government guarantees or minimum traffic guarantees. During the bidding process, 3 candidates are pre-qualified, of which 2 or even 3 are pre-selected and invited to submit a best and final offer. SANRAL relies on a point system to rate all best and final offers and negotiates with the sponsor putting forward the best offer. The main points that are negotiated include termination and force majeure clauses.