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Recommendations and guidelines for implementing PPP projects: Case of the electricity sector in Brazil

Lissa Gomes Araujo (Structural and Civil Construction Graduation Program, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil)
Ana Beatriz Souza Piña (Structural and Civil Construction Graduation Program, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil)
Luiz Augusto Gimenez Aidar (Structural and Civil Construction Graduation Program, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil)
Guilherme Oliveira Coelho (Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil)
Michele Tereza Marques Carvalho (Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 6 March 2019

Issue publication date: 11 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose recommendations and guidelines for the initiation phase of a public–private partnership (PPP), focusing on the electricity sector in Brazil.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review allowed gathering international best practices, while brainstorming meetings and document research permitted acquiring data from the Brazilian electricity sector through a multiple case study of 12 projects. By applying benchmarking principles to compare findings, the paper proposes guidelines and recommendations, which culminated in a final framework for implementing PPPs.

Findings

The created framework structures a series of recommendations with application in PPP projects. Also, the paper gathers worldwide best practices, which could increase the rate of success by avoiding problems throughout the other phases of a PPP project.

Research limitations/implications

This paper addresses the electricity sector. Due to the singularity of such infrastructure enterprises, it is possible that the framework suggested is not entirely applicable to other enterprises, being a suggestion for future studies to perform an adherent test. Also, validating this framework is not in the scope of this project.

Practical implications

The use of a framework on PPP implementations brings attention to necessary efforts on previous phases of projects, which can avoid financial and technical problems, improving the reliability of PPPs.

Originality/value

The application of guidelines and recommendations on the electricity sector has not appeared with such focus in previous studies. The paper provides a practical manner to upgrade the process and suggests a model for implementing PPPs.

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Citation

Araujo, L.G., Piña, A.B.S., Aidar, L.A.G., Coelho, G.O. and Carvalho, M.T.M. (2019), "Recommendations and guidelines for implementing PPP projects: Case of the electricity sector in Brazil", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 262-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2018-0016

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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