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The Governance of Infrastructure$
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Kai Wegrich, Genia Kostka, and Gerhard Hammerschmid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787310

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198787310.001.0001

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Pioneer Risks in Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany

Pioneer Risks in Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany

(p.203) 10 Pioneer Risks in Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany
The Governance of Infrastructure

Niklas Anzinger

Genia Kostka

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses learning effects in the planning of large infrastructure projects in Germany. It combines insights from the analysis of a database of large-scale infrastructure projects (also known as megaprojects) across sectors over time with four in-depth case studies of offshore wind parks. Although previous studies have found that no learning takes place, this chapter finds variation in learning effects across sectors. In the buildings and transport sectors, no learning from previous project delivery experience takes place; in the construction of nuclear power plants, there is inverse learning; and in the construction and installation of offshore wind parks, there is positive learning. An in-depth analysis of the construction and installation of offshore wind parks shows that in sectors where project technology is more standardised and operated by a competitive private industry, planning inaccuracies can decrease because certain risk factors become more manageable and cost assessments more realistic over time.

Keywords:   infrastructure, megaprojects, Germany, offshore wind, construction, planning, learning effects

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