Risk Identification and Prioritization in Public-Private Partnership Water Transfer Projects (Case Study: Water Transfer Project to Safadasht Lands)

Document Type : Case study


1 Assist. Prof., Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Art and Architecture, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran

2 MSc. in Industrial Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 MSc. in Project Management, Nooretouba Higher Education Institute, Tehran, Iran


In the face of growing water demand and insufficient public budgets in developing countries, public-private partnerships play an important role in infrastructure development, such as water supply and transmission. However, carrying out such projects always carries with it many and varied risks that threaten the success of such projects. Due to the research gap on risk identification and assessment in the context of public-private partnership water transfer projects, the purpose of the present research is to identify and prioritize the risks in Safadasht public-private partnership water transfer project. The first phase of the present research identifies the risks of public-private partnership projects. At this stage of the research, through the brainstorming method, an attempt was made to identify the risks related to the project under study. In the second stage, three research criteria including "probability of occurrence", "cost effect" and "time effect" were weighed using the best-worst method. The third stage, which was the final stage of the research, was dedicated to prioritizing the risks identified in the first stage using the simple additive weighting technique. Based on the analyzes performed, respectively, changes in legal conditions and standards by the government, sudden changes in bank interest rates, severe climate change, damage to the investor's manpower and improper performance of the investor project factors were identified as the most important risks. Finally, while pointing out the limitations of the research, some suggestions for future studies were presented.


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