Swedish pipeline to emerge

Infrastructure Commission to present final report on role of private finance in transport infrastructure; potential deals start to emerge; founding partner Skanska posts nine month report

Sweden's Infrastructure Commission (Infrastrukturkommissionen) will present its final report today on how private finance can fund transport infrastructure in the country.

The Swedish government established the commission in March to consider alternative forms of ownership, financing and the organisation of infrastructure, with funding from KPMG, MTR, Skanska, NCC, PEAB, Ramboll, Veidekke and WSP. The five-member commission is made up of former government ministers and leaders from four political parties.

Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson is to provide comments on the report after the commission's presentation at 1pm CET today. Johansson has said that PPP will play an important role in Sweden.
A special presentation will follow on a Stockholm-to-Oslo high-speed rail line and the four-lane E22 Green highway project, which are both considered "interesting" for alternative funding.

Today's seminar will conclude with a panel discussion led by Skanska's chief executive Johan Karlström, who earlier today presented the group's nine-month report. He said the value of the firm's Infrastructure Development assets continues to increase. He added that the US continues to be the most interesting market for the group and projects currently under construction are all progressing well with efforts to reach financial close on LaGuardia Airport in New York "going ahead at full speed".

Skanska's report said the potential for new PPPs continues to improve in the US, with considerable competition. It added that the market in Norway is showing signs of improvement, although the outlook for new PPP projects remains weak in other markets.