Rijkswaterstaat announces intention to award Afsluitdijk project

Netherlands infrastructure body Rijkswaterstaat has signalled its intent to award the Afsluitdijk reinforcement and dredging contract to a joint venture between BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie, Van Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners and RebelValley.

The Afsluitdijk protects large parts of the Netherlands against flooding from the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer since 1932.

The JV partners will be responsible for designing, building and pre-financing the project to reinforce the dyke and increase the water discharge level.

It also includes creating a crossing for a fish migration river for De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk (DNA) and a cycle path.

Construction works are expected to start in the third quarter of 2018 before being completed in 2022.

It also includes a 25-year maintenance contract.

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