The state of Utah, through the Six County Infrastructure Coalition (SCIC), has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for advisers to potential new public-private partnership (PPP; P3) projects, according to a statement.
The SCIC is seeking an engineering firm or team of engineers and economists to assist it with a regional survey of existing infrastructure elements which connect the municipalities and population centres in the member counties to the other centres in the SCIC region, and to other parts of the state and country, it said.
“It is contemplated that arrangements with private sector partners will be made in order to share risks and bring needed expertise to various portions of proposed projects,” said the statement.
Upcoming projects may include toll roads, railroad spurs, passenger and scenic rail service add-ons to freight lines, dry bulk terminal joint ventures, pipeline projects, electric transmission and distribution lines, among others.
The coalition is currently comprised of six counties, with confirmation that Grand county will join currently pending. San Juan, Carbon, Emery, Unitah, Duchesne, and Daggett counties are the current six members.
The selected team is expected to assist SCIC to prepare a “Coalition Regional Infrastructure Survey and Plan,” the statement said.
The plan will include cataloguing existing infrastructure elements such as transportation, water treatment, storage and distribution, electrical transmission, and oil and gas pipelines.
It will also include recording the elements that have been planned and announced by public and private sector entities, such as pipes, transmission lines, among others, according to the statement.
Through the plan, the selected adviser is also expected to study and log potential and key corridors, including transportation and utility corridors, that are and can be used in the future.
The adviser is also expected to identify current capacity constraints on regional infrastructure and help SCIC prioritise funding to alleviate capacity constraints and provide for additional further capacity.