Request Issued for Infrastructure Advisor Support

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

December 10, 2008 9:32 AM

The province has issued a request for proposals for advisors to support development of new highway, corrections and mobile radio strategic infrastructure partnerships.

The goal is to create a list of experts to provide advice on business, taxation, financial and commercial aspects of the projects during the business case analysis and procurement. The advisors could be called on by government teams working on the projects.

"We want to ensure we have access to people with experience and knowledge in planning and implementing projects using a public-private partnership procurement," said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

"We routinely use industry expertise on our construction projects, and this advice will help make sure we're developing high quality projects that are in the best interests of taxpayers."

Earlier this year the province announced it was moving forward with a detailed analysis and procurement plans for two new correctional facilities, twinning of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Canso Causeway, and a new mobile radio communications system for first responders.

The results of the analysis is expected in early 2009 and will be reviewed to determine whether to proceed with the projects as strategic infrastructure partnerships with the private sector. Projects moving forward will result in requests for expressions of interest in the spring, and requests for proposals in the summer.


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     The province has issued a request for proposals for

advisors to support development of new highway, corrections and

mobile radio strategic infrastructure partnerships.

     The goal is to create a list of experts to provide advice

on business, taxation, financial and commercial aspects of the

projects during the business case analysis and procurement. The

advisors could be called on by the government teams working on

the projects.

     Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray

Scott says the department wants to have access to people with

experience and knowledge in planning and implementing projects

using a public-private partnership procurement.

     He says this advice will help make sure we're developing

high quality projects that are in the best interests of

taxpayers.

     Earlier this year the province announced it was moving

forward with a detailed analysis and procurement plans for new

correctional facilities, twinning Highway 104, and a new radio

system for first responders.

     The results of the analysis is expected in early 2009 and

will be reviewed to determine whether to proceed with the

projects as strategic infrastructure partnerships with the

private sector.

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Media Contact: Cathy MacIsaac
              Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
              902-424-8978
              E-mail: maciscl@gov.ns.ca