Welcome to our PFI Expiry series of articles produced by our Infrastructure & Projects team!
Please see the below articles that feature in this series.
PFI Expiry and Impact on PFI Sub-Contractors
There are approximately 700 PFI Contracts in operation across the UK. Typically, PFI Contracts provide for a Contract period of 25 to 30 years from contract signing. Whilst at the time of negotiating these contracts that appeared to be a very long time away, more than 150 of these contracts will reach their expiry date within the next 8 years.
Utilities and Benchmarking in PFI and PPP Agreements
As the war in Ukraine continues to escalate and the OPEC+ group of nations remain steadfast in their decision to limit oil production the cost of energy and utilities is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for businesses and retailers across the country.
Variations to PFI
As more and more PFI funded and public private partnership projects approach expiry many public authorities and private sector partners will undoubtedly review their existing contractual arrangements and in some cases this may lead to a variation of the existing contracts.
Is there an ability to extend?
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) have published guidance to PFI procuring authorities on the steps they should be taking to plan for PFI expiry. As the guidance relates to expiry of the existing arrangements it naturally focuses on things like procuring final surveys to ascertain the condition of the PFI assets, employee / staff transfer issues and handback protocols.
Anyone in the PFI sector will know that “Project Expiry” is the big thing right now. It is as if the Infrastructure and Projects Authority has suddenly flicked a switch and those affected have woken up to the fact that PFI projects do come to an end eventually.
Preparing for PFI Contract Expiry
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which is a Governmental body, has issued guidance for contracting authorities on managing the expiry of PFI contracts and the necessary service transition.
For further information on topics covered in this series, please contact Caroline Mostowfi or Paul Buckland.