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12 July 2016

 

Opening of Osman Gazi Bridge to traffic in Turkey

The Turkish President Erdogan has inaugurated the Osman Gazi Bridge at a grand ceremony in the presence of more than 10,000 guests.

The Osman Gazi Bridge is the last part of the section which opened to traffic last month – Yalova-Orhangazi – of the toll motorway between Gebze and Izmir. Measuring 3.3 km in length, this suspension bridge has a central span of 1,550 metres, the fourth longest in the world for this type of bridge.

 

The bridge provides a substantially time-saving alternative to the road route around the Izmit bay and to the ferry service crossing the strait.

The next motorway section to be opened to traffic at the end of 2016 will run from Orhangazi to the outskirts of Bursa.

President Erdogan declared that all 420 kilometres of highway running from Gebze to Izmir would be open to traffic in 2018.

One of the largest projects operated by Egis

The project is operated by the company GIIB (Gebze-Izmir Isletme Ve Bakim), a 50/50 subsidiary between the Egis group and the concession company Otoyol.

In 2018, GIIB will operate infrastructure including 420 km of motorway between Gebze and Izmir, 33 bridges, 3 two-way tunnels, 17 motorway service areas and 187 overpasses. This project features among the largest operated by an Egis group subsidiary and comes as further confirmation of Egis’ status as one of the worldwide leaders in the operation of motorways and toll structures.

Egis is well-established in Turkey. In August 2016, its subsidiary ICE (51% owned by Egis Road Operation) will start operating the third bridge over the Bosporus and the North Marmara motorways in partnership with Ictas (49% shareholder), while subsidiary Egis Tünel Işletmeciliği (100% Egis Road Operation) will commence the operation of the Avrasya tunnel running beneath the Bosporus at the end of December 2016.

© Jean Harito

 

07 July 2016

 

Mauritania New Nouakchott international airport successfully commissioned

One month ahead of the next Arab League Summit, the Mauritanian Authorities have officially commissioned the new Oumtounsy international airport in Nouakchott on the 23rd of June. Egis has provided continued and comprehensive support over the project, hence illustrating the multifaceted expertise of the Group in the airport sector, beyond engineering activities.

 

The new Oumtounsy international airport in Nouakchott, which has been designed and built by Najah for Major Works, is a project of unprecedented scale in the sub-region.

A new gateway to Mauritania, the airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft such as the A380 and the B777 on 2 runways: a CAT II main runway measuring 11,000 ft (3,400 m) long and a CAT I secondary runway measuring 7,800 ft (2,400 m) long.

The airport facility also includes a control tower, a cargo terminal, a technical block, annex buildings designed to optimise airport operations, accommodation for on-call workers, presidential and ministerial pavilions, and a 60,000 sq. ft (18,000 sq. m) passenger terminal with an annual capacity of 2 million passengers, designed and built in compliance with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

During 42 months Egis has provided expertise in the project through the analysis and validation of the shop drawings and through the supervision of the airport construction, planning and equipment works. A focus was particularly put on monitoring the quality and efficiency of works around airport lighting and navigational aids, oil storage, road access, energy supply, security equipment, regional control area, and the buildings and depots of the military area.

The Group has mobilised large teams around many different areas of expertise such as buildings, infrastructure (including pavement, material and geotechnical engineering for roads, and structures), water (including collection, treatment and sanitation), and around airport core facilities such as movement areas, navigational aids, lighting, security, aeronautical equipment and systems, etc.

One of the key challenges of the project consisted in achieving the transfer from the old to the new airport, therefore ensuring operational readiness and successful commissioning. Egis has provided support during this critical phase as well, for example through the production of operational procures, the planning and set-up of tests, or through the airport certification process, and the training of staff who needed to gain knowledge and capabilities for operating the new airport.

The first commercial flight by Turkish Airlines successfully landed at the airport on June 23rd. The airport now services around 15 destinations in North Africa and Europe. A new route to Abidjan – a partner airport of the Egis concession network – is planned to open by the end of 2016.

 

29 June 2016

 

Egis and Projacs are providing key assistance in developing Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia

One year ago the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced it had chosen Abha International Airport to become a hub serving the southern region of Saudi Arabia in an aim to contribute to strengthening economic activities. For this project Egis and its subsidiary Projacs are bringing their know-how in airport engineering around different areas of expertise.

Located in the South West of the Arabian Peninsula, Abha is a regional Airport servicing the capital of Asir Province in Saudi Arabia. The region has recently witnessed a strong growth in air traffic with new international flights to main neighbouring cities like Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Cairo, Doha or Dubai. Passengers increased by nearly 20% between 2014 and 2015, hence exceeding the average traffic expansion for the Kingdom’s domestic airports.

 

Strong opportunities for growth

At most of the 27 domestic and regional airports in Saudi Arabia – for example Qassim, Jizan or Arar – a series of development projects are planned or under way. The construction of new terminals at Abha Airport has already boosted its capacity to five million passengers per annum. Additional extension projects are to be achieved and Egis will provide its wide-range expertise in airport engineering.

Egis’ assignment on the project

Egis is currently developing the master plan in order to anticipate and prepare for the airport’s long-term growth over 20 years. The Group is also providing design management and construction management services for the new terminal building as well as the necessary annex buildings and infrastructure. The duration of Egis’ services is 30 months and will require the mobilisation of a team of specialised experts on the construction site in Abha. Prior to the above mentioned services, Egis has also provided value engineering which looked at the previous design of Abha Airport in all its aspects with a focus on reducing life cycle costs of infrastructure while optimising quality and functional performance.

Abha Airport project is a concrete illustration of the success of the recent cooperation between the teams of Egis, the international consultancy and engineering group including to the airport industry, and the teams of Projacs, a Middle East leader in project management. In 2015, Egis acquired Projacs and strengthened the Group’s activities and presence in this geographic area. Today 1,300 employees on 14 different offices throughout the region work for the two entities and combine their complementary expertise in order to support the development of airports, either regional aerodromes or major international hubs.

© Egis - Jacques Khoriaty

 

03 May 2016

 

Egypt: Line 3 of Cairo city metro

Egis deploys its heavy urban metro system engineering capabilities for phase 3 of Cairo metro line 3, within a Franco-Egyptian consortium.

The consortium, made up of the French engineering firms Systra (lead contractor) and Egis, together with the Egyptian design consultancies ACE and EHAF, has been awarded an assignment as General Consultant for phase 3 of the third line of the Cairo metro system, comprising final design review and construction supervision up to handover.

 

With a population likely to grow to 20 million inhabitants between now and 2022, Cairo is one of the largest cities in the world. The Egyptian government was prompt to recognise the strategic importance of developing an efficient transport networks covering the metropolitan region.

Line 3 was commenced in 2007, adding to Cairo’s transport service offer (previously with two metro lines in operation), and giving fresh impetus to the metro network. The new line will connect the two banks of the Nile and will provide relief to one of the most congested thoroughfares of the city.

Featuring two branches (splitting apart on the west bank side of the city), the completed line will run a total of 43.5 km from Cairo Airport in the north east to Rod El-Faraq in the north and the University in the south. It will travel through the city centre and beneath the Nile, and 23 of its 33 stations will be built underground.

A metro line built in 4 phases

The construction of line 3 of the metro has been scheduled in 4 phases.

  • Phase 1, on which service commenced in 2012, is the central stretch, running underground and calling at 5 stations between Attaba and Abbasia.

  • Phase 2 runs 7.8 km between Abbasia station and Haround El Rashied, including 4 km underground. Between Abassia and the Cairo Fair, contractors use tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to excavate tunnels of an outer diameter of 9.15 m and an inner diameter of 8.35, enabling trains to pass each other. From the Cairo Fair to El Ahram, earth pressure boring machines (EPBM) are used.

  • Phase 3 (to which the contract relates) extends line 3 westwards from Abbassa. After crossing under the Nile, the line will split into two branches to serve both north and south districts of the west bank. This phase comprises 15 stations and is a total of 18 km long. Most of it will run underground (10 km) with some elevated sections (6 km). The majority of phase 3 will use TBMs (in particular underneath the Nile) but its westernmost parts will include a cut-and-cover section and also an elevated section.

  • Phase 4 will extend the line from Haround El Rashied to Cairo Airport.

Acknowledgement of metro expertise

Worth approximately €60 million, the contract entails firstly the review of shop drawings and secondly the supervision of construction work including scheduling, planning and supervision, the coordination of various contributors, works monitoring and commissioning.
This General Consultant assignment will be carried out by a multi-disciplinary team proficient in Civil Engineering and Plant and Equipment issues, including in the procurement of new trains.

Scheduled to last 8 years, this phase 3 will draw on the work of Egis teams specialising in metro Systems. With this new contract, Egis has once again demonstrated its extensive involvement in major transport projects all over the world, most notably in large metropolitan areas with particularly intensive ridership.

Key figures

Line 3: Cairo Airport to Rod El Faraq /Cairo University

  • Length: 43.3 km
  • Underground: 30.2 km
  • Number of stations: 33 (including 23 underground)
  • Passengers/day (2022): 2.7 M

 

21 April 2016

 

Jordan : Egis signs strategic agreement in water supply sector

Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis, has signed an agreement with the Jordanian government for the improvement of drinking water supply in the governorates of the North of Jordan. This project in which Egis will provide technical assistance to the Yarmouk Water Company (YWC) will address problems relating to drinking water shortages in Jordan and connected with the huge influx of Syrian refugees into the country since 2011.

 

he Yarmouk Water Company manages 80 million m3 of water per year. Between now and 2030, a further 30 million m3 will be necessary to meet drinking water requirements in the governorates of the North of Jordan (Irbid, Mafraq, Jerash and Ajloun).

Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Syria in 2011, the arrival of refugees has compounded the problems facing the supply of drinking water, which was already under considerable strain due to growing demand for water, limited resources and a high ratio of water loss on the main network, otherwise known as non-revenue water (NRW).

This led the Yarmouk Water Company to take the decision to launch a long-term programme to improve water distribution capabilities in each of the governorates in question.

 Over a period of 14 months,teams of Egis specialised in water in association with VINCI Construction Grands Projets will contribute their extensive technical skills to assist the contracting authority in the delivery of this vast project. This will involve performing work on existing networks (diagnosis, prioritisation, replacement and renovation) but also introducing operational and asset management tools, collecting data (taking measurements on the network) and analysing findings through the use of indicators.

A project with many issues at stake

1. Network operation and reduction of non-revenue water

  • Improve the network’s operating capacity
  • Improve the quality of water supply and the revenue of YWC in some water service areas (by reducing NRW).

2. Asset management

  • Improve the ability of YWC to manage its distribution and production facilities
  • Optimise maintenance and renovation plans in certain water service areas

3. Performance management

  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce YWC’s pumping costs in certain water service areas
  • Develop and test innovative, measurable and performance-based approaches and methods to effectively reduce non-revenue water.

 

07 April 2016

 

Populous and Egis chosen to support the Paris 2024

At the conclusion of an extensive consultation period undertaken by the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, international sports and entertainment design practice Populous and Egis, an international group offering engineering, project structuring and operations services, have been selected for the provision of technical assistance in the development of plans for 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues for the Paris 2024 bid.

 

The scope of this partnership, in association with ISC, a sport and culture consulting agency, will include ensuring existing venues are ready for the scale and needs of Olympic and Paralympic events; as well as designing both new and temporary venues and facilities, allowing Paris 2024 to deliver successful and truly memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With unique major events experience comprising involvement in 13 Olympic and 7 Paralympic Games, including 2012 London, 2016 Rio and 2000 Sydney, Populous are also the only firm to have designed 3 main Olympic Stadia.

Populous Senior Principal Ben Vickery said, “This is a great opportunity for Paris to showcase a beautiful international city and its proud sporting history. For Populous, it will be an exciting step on our Olympic Games journey, showcasing our expertise in designing experiences that can be enjoyed by millions of people, whether they’re at the events, soaking up the atmosphere in the host city or watching from around the world.”  

Populous’ event and overlay designs support cities from all around the world to host successful major international events. Their long-term design relationships include the NFL Super Bowl, the FIFA World Cup, Cricket and Rugby World Cups, as well as the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Populous’ work takes in the full design and delivery spectrum, from assisting bid teams with submissions, helping masterplan the major venues and facilities, to the design of the main stadium and hundreds of temporary venues needed to support modern Games.

Populous Principal Francois Clement said, “We truly believe that our knowledge and experience, both of Olympic and Paralympic Games work and of working in France on the new stadium for Olympic Lyonnais will, together with Egis, help Paris to create an incredible event in 2024. We are very proud to be working with the Paris bid team.”

Nicolas Jachiet, Egis Chairman and CEO said “Our Group is proud to participate in this Olympic Bid adventure with our partner Populous. Our consulting teams will enthusiastically bring all their expertise and know-how in project management so that Paris could host the Olympics in 2024. Egis is an international group with extensive experience in designing major sports complexes and sports events for many years. Thanks to the multiplicity of its skills and its cross specialization process, Egis is now recognized as a major player in the engineering of stadiums.”

Egis teams have been mobilized on major projects such as the construction or renovation of most of the stadiums that will host, in less than 70 days, matches of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup: Matmut-Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne stadium, Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, Velodrome stadium in Marseille, and Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille.

Outside France, Egis is also involved in several sports facilities such as the “Stade du 5-Juillet” and the Baraki stadium in Algiers, Algeria; the Olympic stadium in Istanbul, Turkey; and stadiums in Marrakech and Tangiers in Morocco.

© Paris2024/KMSP

 

05 April 2016

 

Egis: annual results for 2015

In 2015, the Group’s managed turnover amounted to €937 million, up 10% compared with 2014 (€854 million). This figure is encouraging, considering the caution displayed by actors on a great many markets and persistently challenging economic conditions, in particular in France.

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Improved Group performance

This growth can be attributed to our acquisitions which account for approximately 6 percentage points, but it is also due to our business development: 4% excluding scope effects.

Following a drop in 2014, the order intake for engineering has resumed an upward trend. It represented 14 months of business in 2015, taking the order book to 22 months of activity at the end of 2015, which is a positive signal for the coming year.

Recurrent operating profit stood at €47.4 million, as against €31.7 million in 2014.

Distributable net profit (Group share) stood at €26.9 million in 2015. Excluding capital gains, the figure is €24.4 million, a substantial increase compared with 2014 (€13.5 million).

A Group expanding internationally

60% of our turnover in 2015 was generated outside France. This figure compares with 53% in 2015 and 49% in 2014. This geographical shift in our business is in line with our strategy to go where the growth is. We have notably consolidated our presence in India, the Middle East and Brazil, positioning these three regions as strategic platforms for the future development of our company.

Our substantial growth outside France had a positive effect on our financial results. It also allowed us to save jobs in France by reallocating some of our employees to international projects, thereby compensating for the drop in our business in France.

 

Major achievements in 2015

In 2015, Egis recorded a substantial increase in its international business, and in particular in the Middle East (which now accounts for 13% of Group turnover) where it acquired Projacs, one of the region’s leading project management consultancies.

The Group was awarded a number of significant projects relating to the construction of major transport infrastructure all over the world, such as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) of line 3 of the Mumbai metro in India, of line 13 of the São Paulo metro in Brazil and of line 3 of the Guadalajara metro in Mexico; the operational management of the National Highway NH-8D toll motorway in India; and the EPCM of the improvement and widening of the Grenoble orbital motorway (A480) and the widening of the A75 south of Clermont-Ferrand.

Contacts were also won in the area of water in Qatar (EPCM for the rehabilitation of the Al Karaana lagoon and supervision of construction work on the main sewer of the Doha waste water treatment network), in energy (design and build programme management for the heating network at Paris-Saclay, EPCM of the climate control network at the Saint-Jean Belcier business park in Bordeaux), in urban development (design and works supervision for the Um Alhoul Economic Zone in Qatar), and in building (EPCM of the renovation of the Stade du 5-Juillet in Algiers, and the project coordination of the construction of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris).

In 2015, Egis continued to develop its activities in new mobility services and, among other achievements, was awarded a contract for on-street parking services in the city of Amsterdam which feature among the most advanced in the world.

Finally, in 2015 Egis won a number of prestigious awards for its innovations including the French National Engineering Awards’ “Industry and Technology” prize for Wind-it®, its telecommunication mast incorporating wind turbines, the “Climate Change” award in the “Innovation in technology” category at the World Efficiency 2015 show for its ROSAU methodological approach to improve urban resilience, and the “Outstanding Project of the Year” distinction for the Philharmonie de Paris in the 2015 FIDIC Awards.

 

09 March 2016

 

Egis is awarded the EPCM (systems) contract for Line 18 of the Grand Paris Express metro

Egis has just strengthened its foothold within the Grand Paris public transport network by successfully bidding for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management contract (EPCM) for system equipment on metro Line 18.

> Read the article of infrabuddy.com

 

 

09 March 2016

 

Egis Easytrip Services acquires Versluis to secure its leadership in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicles

To strengthen its position of European market leader in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), Egis Easytrip Services has just completed today the acquisition of Internationaal Administratiekantoor J.W. Versluis N.V., trading as Versluis, a VAT and excise recovery specialist located in Ridderkerk (Netherlands).

 

Egis Easytrip Services acquired 100% of Versluis, a company targeting international HGV customers and providing VAT recovery and Excise recovery.

Located in the vicinity of the existing Dutch office of Easytrip, Versluis will complement the current activity of Easytrip on that VAT & Excise recovery field. Teams from both companies will work together to achieve process and business synergies, while enhancing the level of service to our customers. Versluis’ customers will also from now onwards benefit from the large expertise of Easytrip: European electronic tolling, train booking, ferries and tunnels booking, fuel payments, etc.

Emmanuel Michaux, Chief Executive Officer at Egis Easytrip Services, comments: “With this acquisition, Egis Easytrip Services takes a new step forward in its strategic objective to become one of the Top-5 European leaders as international service provider to Heavy Goods Vehicles.”

Auke Schenk, owner of Versluis, said: “I am delighted to join Egis Easytrip Services to further develop our business in Belgium, Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. I will be able to bring my deep understanding of the VAT end excise business to further strengthen Easytrip activity in this field”.

With the following acquisition, Easytrip is now positioned as one of the foremost road mobility service actor to serve its transport and logistics clients, business fleets and private individuals with:

  • more than 14,000 HGV fleets and 500,000 individual customers;
  • a large panel of road mobility services such as electronic tolling, ferry and train booking, parking and electrical vehicles payment and VAT and excise recovery, services;
  • about EUR 500 million of annual amount collected across the different services of the business;
  • geographic coverage of 25 local offices across Europe, Morocco and the Philippines.

On the tolling side, it has now positioned itself on the growing independent tolling business in continental Europe (stimulated by the European Electronic Toll Service - EETS directive). Versluis will join the Easytrip brand to offer to their HGV customers their wide portfolio of advices and services, their pan-European sales organisation and their skills in the B2B segment.

 

01 March 2016

 

Inauguration of National Road No. 1, Congo

After 8 years of construction works, the Route Nationale 1 (National Road No. 1) linking Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire in Congo was inaugurated on Tuesday 1 March 2016, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and several government ministers.

As delegate project manager, Egis supervised all of the studies and construction works of this major project.

 

Project history

535 km of newly paved, four-lane road now links Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of Congo, to Pointe-Noire, the second largest city and the economic capital of the country. Launched in 2007 by President Denis Sassou Nguesso, this 2 billion Euro construction works project was financed in part through a framework agreement on trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of Congo and the People's Republic of China.

The development of this strategic road, committed by the Congolese government, is a large-scope action that promotes national integration, the dynamism of trade and the country’s economy. It is also part of a regional strategy to make the Congo the gateway to the hinterland countries, and its port of Pointe-Noire a leading transhipment platform.

The Congolese government delegated contracting authority to the Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, the administrative and technical body responsible for the management of major public contracts, which is responsible for regional planning and general delegation of large construction works. Meanwhile, the construction of this new road was entrusted to the Chinese company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and project management was delegated to the Egis teams.

 

A non-standard building site

The former RN1, a narrow path, partially destroyed or closed in by vegetation, severely handicapped the economic development of the country through a difficult connection between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The new route, 95% complete in 2x2 lanes and completely new, allows many cities in the southern provinces of the country to be opened up.

This marathon building site, which took place in several stages over a total period of more than eight years, is exceptional not only for the scope of work and the mobilisation of material and human resources involved, but also for the technical challenges that were faced. The Egis teams were able to handle the complex management of surface and groundwater, the large mass earthworks, and the problems posed by non-standard bridges, all of which had deep foundations.

One of the most dramatic challenges was crossing approximately 60 km of the Mayombe, a mountainous region with very rugged terrain that forms a natural barrier between the Kouilou and Niari departments. Due to the diversity and instability of the soil in the waterlogged mass, as well as to the very high rainfall spread over several months, various devices for protection and slope stabilisation (nailing, shotcrete, retaining wall) were implemented on a large scale in order to ensure the sustainability of the work.

Faced with such an ambitious project, Egis deployed all of its expertise to ensure success in its role as delegate project manager, while maintaining very tight deadlines for implementation. With more than 202,000 plans examined and 1,250,000 geotechnical tests performed, Egis called on the best of its business, a monitoring team of over 170 people distributed across 535 km.

An environmental approach at the heart of the project

Egis decided to integrate into the project the protection and development of various noteworthy historical, geographical, geological, fauna and flora sites of interest.

The most innovative technical decision made by Egis was the widespread use (12 million seeds) of a perennial grass called "Vetiver" to protect and stabilise berms in the Bateke sands area.

This plant engineering solution, perfectly adapted to the environmental and socio-economic context of the country, can serve as an example for institutional or private developers in the Congo and can be regularly used to counter the erosion problems associated with the sandy soil in Africa. 

 

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