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Ankara to Nigde Motorway LTA, Ankara

Working with Lenders to deliver a strategic motorway section in Turkey

The Ankara to Niğde Motorway (ANO project) is a missing section of the Trans-European Motorways (TEM) route network in Turkey, between the administrative capital of Ankara and the southern city of Nigde. TEM masterplan was developed to address gaps in the motorway network between Western Europe the Eurasian subcontinent. When completed in 2021, ANO will improve connectivity and contribute to economic growth in Turkey. 

The Turkish state appointed ERG Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme Anonim Şirketi (ERG) to design, build, operate and transfer ANO under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement involving 12 years’ concession contract. In 2018, Arup was appointed by ERG as Lenders Technical Advisor (LTA) during the financing and construction phases of the project. 

Project Summary


278km of mainline motorway plus 52km of connecting and side roads

> €1.2billionconstruction value

3year construction period requiring completion of 100km per year

Technical Advisory activities before financial close

Arup helped the client to achieve financial close without any delays. We carried out reviews of the contractor’s construction proposals as well as reviews of project contract documentation with a view to ensure appropriate pass through of key risks and assessment for any risks remaining with the SPV or Lenders. 

Arup also performed a site visit and undertook a benchmarking process for Lenders to assess programme and construction costs against similar projects to ensure the commercial arrangements were in line with market norms.

Arup prepared a Technical Due Diligence report for Lenders to support the credit application process and Financial Close was successfully achieved in June 2018.
Our report highlighted key risks associated with the programme for the works and we worked closely with Lenders’ representatives to reassure them that the construction programme was achievable. 

Monitoring of construction activities 

Following financial close, Arup’s role has been to monitor construction on behalf of Lenders. The scope of this engagement includes quarterly site visits and reporting. Key areas for review are progress against the construction programme and the quality of workmanship. Videos illustrating the full scope of the project are available here.

In addition to the mainline Motorway carriageway and side roads, the Ankara-Niğde Motorway (ANO) includes the construction of 13 intersections, 4 viaduct structures, 139 underpass structures, 47 overbridge structures, and the installation of toll collection, lighting, ITS signalling, traffic counting systems and roadside facilities. 

Monitoring activities involve visits to all parts of the 278km long motorway and visiting areas of key construction activities contemporaneous with the timing of each visit. This enables us to witness construction activities and assess construction progress against the programme.