Netherlands Infrastructure Report Q2 2016
BMI View: Growth in the Netherlands' construction sector is coming in as expected with a number oftransport, utilities and non-residential projects underway, supporting strong short-term growth inconstruction industry value. Few new projects are entering the pipeline, leading to slower growth over theremainder of the forecast period, though we do note a potential uptick in growth as new renewablesprojects are planned in order to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Latest Updates And Structural Trends
The Netherlands' construction sector could benefit from regional financing. The European InvestmentBank is considering plans to offer EUR100mn (USD109.3mn) in project finance for the A6 AlmereHavendreef-Almere East road concession which will entail the design, build, finance and maintenance(DBFM) of the road for a 20-year period. The project will require a total investment of EUR230mn(USD251.5mn).
Other transport projects are progressing. The Sas van Vreeswijk joint venture (JV), comprisingHeijmans, TDP, BESIX, RebelValley and Jan De Nul, has reached financial close on the PPS canalproject with a net cash value of about EUR133mn (USD149.33mn). The project will be partly funded byDekaBank, BNG Bank and KBC Bank. Work is expected to be completed by 2019.
We are maintaining our forecasts for strong growth in the construction sector in 2016 (5.1%) and 2017(4.2%), driven by a number of non-residential, utilities and transport infrastructure projects. Growth isexpected to slow over the remainder of the forecast period as the project pipeline narrows, leading toaverage annual growth of 2.5% between 2018 and 2025.