Abu Dhabi is launching two major infrastructure public-private partnership (PPP) projects under the Partnership Projects framework issued by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), for the procurement of three new schools as well as Phase 2 of its street lighting upgrade programme.
Potential bidders have been invited to submit their expressions of interest for the two PPP projects, which aim to enhance opportunities for private sector involvement in the delivery of infrastructure projects and public services, while improving liveability, access, and quality of services for Abu Dhabi residents.
The director general of ADIO, HE Dr Tariq Bin Hendi said: “Collaboration with the private sector is an integral part of the Abu Dhabi leadership’s vision to drive long-term economic growth in the emirate. In 2020, ADIO laid the foundations to supercharge collaboration between business and government.
“With Abu Dhabi’s PPP framework firmly established, we are launching new major infrastructure projects as part of a pipeline of PPP projects that will strengthen sustainable private sector-led economic growth in the emirate.”
The Zayed City Schools PPP project aims to provide three new schools with a capacity of 5,360 students in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed City.
The end contract will include the design, build, finance, maintenance, and transfer of three schools with a concession period of 22 years, inclusive of a construction period of 24 months and a maintenance period of 20 years.
The project, structured in a collaboration framework between ADIO and the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), aims to provide students access to high-quality learning environments and modern facilities, enhancing the attractiveness of Zayed City and Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the project, the undersecretary of ADEK, HE Amer Al Hammadi, said: “We are committed to the continuous enhancement of Abu Dhabi’s education infrastructure in alignment with the emirate’s growing residential communities.
“Across our sector, PPP models continue to diversify the school ecosystem and enrich students’ learning experience and future pathways. Leveraging our successful Charter School model, which currently counts 15 private sector-operated and public sector-owned schools across the emirate, the project for three new Charter Schools in Zayed City will offer convenient and high-quality education options for catchment students, aiding Abu Dhabi’s ongoing social development.”
Phase 2 of the street lighting LED PPP programme will see approximately 140,000 of the emirate’s streetlights replaced with energy-efficient LED technology, resulting in a reduction of approximately 76% in power consumption – equivalent to cost savings of $192mn (AED705mn) – and will be structured as a 12-year concession agreement with DMT.
The undersecretary of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, HE Abdullah Al Sahi, said: “The success of Abu Dhabi’s PPP programme is based on several key components, the most important of which is the consolidation of cooperation between people and institutions in working towards the common goal of creating tangible positive effects for our societies.
“We are paving the way for ambitious projects through the implementation of the second phase of the Street Lighting LED PPP project, which comes as a continuation of the first phase to achieve high-quality street lighting. The Street Lighting LED PPP programme will reduce operating costs and improve the elements of smart city empowerment by replacing the existing street lighting with energy-saving LED streetlights. In the second phase, we are expanding the geographical scope of the project to include the Al Ain City and the Al Dhafrah Region.”
HE Abdullah Al Sahi added: “We will continue to achieve sustainable achievements through the exemplary employment of partnerships with the private sector, in conjunction with adherence to the highest international quality standards, to establish the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi among the most preferred cities to live in the world.”