Case Number: 5-410-751, Year Published: 2010, Revision Date: December 21, 2010
HBS Number: KEL513
Privatization, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Benefit-Cost Analysis, High-Speed Rail
Rede Alta Velocidade, SA RAVE, the state-owned company responsible for planning and developing a major high-speed rail project in Portugal, must persuade both public officials and lenders that the project is worth undertaking. It must also make a recommendation on the appropriate organizational form for the enterprise. Specifically it must determine the role of the Portuguese government in financing and operating the high-speed rail network, with options ranging from full development and management of the project by the public sector to completely private development and management. Lying in between these two polar cases were a variety of hybrid models often referred to as public-private partnerships (PPPs). Using data in the case, students have the opportunity to perform a benefit-cost analysis of the project. They also must think carefully about the optimal role of the government in a major new infrastructure project.
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