Malta announces new PPPs

The Maltese government has identified seven new PPP deals as part of its 2015 Budget.

Included in the plans are a deal to develop new sandy beaches in the country in conjunction with the private sector; the construction of a breakwater between Valletta and Sliema, a new hotel to increase tourism in Bighi and a new health centre in Cospicua. Additional deals for the development of parking facilities, sea transport and a hospital were also revealed.

The beaches deal will see a number of programmes and initiatives to provide access for divers, create artificial reefs through scuttling of vessels, the enlargement of sandy beaches and better access to rocky shores.

Projects Malta, together with the private sector, is also looking at the possibility of building a breakwater between Valletta and Sliema. Among other benefits, it is hoped that it will facilitate the development of yacht marinas in the area.

In addition, the Ministry for Tourism and the National Centre for Science are to issue a PPP deal to develop a hotel in Bighi, which the government hopes will turn the area into a "major Mediterranean tourist centre".

A pilot project is also to be launched to modernise the Cospicua Health Centre, which will offer free services to the public upon completion.

The additional deals include an expressions of interest tender for the Old St Luke’s Hospital PPP, as well as a sea transport deal in Valetta and a PPP to construct parking facilities in the Vittoriosa and Cospicua areas.

Timelines and additional info on the procurement plans are not yet available.