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22 October 2014

 

Inauguration on 16 October 2014 of the legendary Stade Vélodrome in Marseille: Engineering provided by Egis

The new Stade Vélodrome in Marseille was officially inaugurated on Thursday 16 October 2014 in the presence of the French Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, Mr. Patrick Kanner, all of the institutional stakeholders, Martin Bouygues, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues and Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis. With its capacity raised to 67,000 seats, the new stadium is ready to accommodate matches for the Euro 2016 football championship.

Within this Public Private Partnership contract, Egis delivered the engineering services for technical works comprising, in particular, the reinforced concrete structure, the metallic framework, the outer shell and all of the utilities networks.

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Spectacular architecture and high capacity

With capacity increased from 60,000 to 67,000 seats, Marseille’s new Stade Vélodrome now boasts a monumental and contemporary architectural structure. Its distinctive white, translucent shell is purposefully shaped like a wave, blending in with the city landscape and mirroring the mountains on the horizon, whilst also imitating the well-known “Mexican” wave so frequently performed by supporters. This new architectural design is the work of the firm SCAU which, together with with Didier Rogeon and the engineering companies Egis (for the stadium) and Beterem et Garcia (for the nearby real estate development) stage-managed this impressive transformation of the Stadium and its surroundings.

The grandstands are now protected from the elements by a massive shell made from PTFE (fibre glass coated with Teflon) attached to a three-dimensional metallic framework weighing 6,000 metric tons. A third of the Ganay stand was demolished, the Jean Bouin stand was demolished and rebuilt, and the metallic structure and covering were installed, all while matches went on.

During the renovation works, the Stade Vélodrome hosted 80 matches, accommodating more than 3 million spectators in total safety.

A well–controlled PPP

In spite of some particularly poor weather conditions, the construction teams succeeded in completing the project in the three-year timescale allotted, with delivery taking place during the summer of 2014, and within the budget set at 269 million euros.

A comprehensive engineering assignment

Egis was in responsible for all of the engineering for technical works, including in particular:

  • The design of the 6,000-tonne metallic framework and the 65,000-sqm PTFE fabric covering;
  • Analysis of wind tunnel testing and calculation of wind resistance, studies into pitch exposure to sunlight;
  • The renovation of the Ganay, Virage Nord and Virage Sud stands and the demolition and reconstruction of the official Jean Bouin stand, requiring a total of 40,000 cubic metres of concrete, 3,000 metric tons of steel and more than 13km of seating;
  • 3,000 sqm of car parking space;
  • The sizing of structures for earthquake resistance in compliance with comfort vibration criteria (frequency superior to 5Hz) under dynamic loads caused by spectators jumping up and down;
  • The creation of an internal access road, made safe by tunnel-scaled smoke extraction (debit of 360,000 cu.m/h)
  • A multi-service network centralising all systems dealing with video surveillance, telephones, television, interphones, ticketing, access control and anti-trespass.
  • Internal lighting delivering 2,000 lux on the pitch to enable HD television broadcasts, and dynamic external lighting in colour to highlight the Stadium during evening events;
  • Rainwater harvesting and re-use from the roof, making the Stadium independent in “greywater”;
  • The air conditioning of 8,500 sqm of private lounges;
  • The design of external roads and networks;
  • The management of modifications and works supervision in a complex environment: maintaining Olympique de Marseille matches during the three years of works (with seating requirements in excess of 40,000), a pitch out-of-bounds to contractors, and the proximity of existing amenities such as the metro and the wastewater treatment plant.

 

A 5-year human and collective adventure

Initiated in October 2009, the Stade Vélodrome reconstruction project lasted 5 years, calling on over forty Egis staff members who worked at an unprecedented pace to meet the challenge. Their team work, coordination, skills and motivation to deliver a structure which is unique both in its media impact and in the passion it engenders, were the key drivers for what will go down in history as a truly great collective accomplishment.

 

 

22 October 2014

 

Egis strengthens its position in the field of infrastructure asset management with the acquisition of eMash, a French company specialised in software development

eMash, specialised in developing, installing and maintaining software in the field of transportation infrastructure asset management, is joining Egis. With this acquisition, Egis strengthens its position in this strategic field.

 

Infrastructure asset management includes all activities contributing to the sustainability of assets (works planning, maintenance, upgrading and renewal of physical assets), relying in particular on database management systems.

 eMash, with offices located near Dijon is specialised in developing, installing and maintaining software in the field of infrastructure asset management. eMash delivers IT solutions for asset management (inspection data processing, simulation, decision support, dynamic route diagrams, interactive mapping,…) already implemented on several motorway networks. eMash clients include Autoroutes Paris Rhin Rhône, Autoroutes Du Maroc and Egis Exploitation Aquitaine (A63 motorway).

 This new Egis’ subsidiary, soon to be renamed Egis Asset Management Solutions, consolidates Egis positioning as a specialist in asset management. It will allow Egis to foster its activities in this strategic field by providing adaptable, flexible and competitive turnkey solutions. This acquisition strengthens Egis’ comprehensive range of services covering the entire lifecycle of projects.

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15 October 2014

 

Dublin Tunnel in Ireland: Egis has been awarded the renewal and extension of its operation and maintenance contract

Following a call for tenders, the Irish National Roads Authority (NRA) renews its confidence in Egis awarding the renewal and extension of the operation and maintenance contract of the Dublin Tunnel for a period of 6 years. This contract follows a first operation and maintenance contract awarded to the Group in February 2006.

 

Renewal and extension of the operation and maintenance contract

Signed for a period of 6 years, with a possible 4 years extension, this new contract includes not only the toll collection, traffic and safety management, routine maintenance, including winter maintenance and equipment maintenance but also the operation and maintenance of the Jack Lynch Tunnel and the Motorway Traffic Control Centre currently based in Dublin Tunnel.

With 15,000 vehicles per day including 6,800 HGVs, the Dublin Tunnel provides a direct link between the M1 Dublin-Belfast Motorway and the Dublin Tunnel avoiding the city centre. The Dublin Tunnel reduces the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles using surface streets in the historic centre of Dublin and eases traffic flow to and from the Dublin Port.

This flagship project in Ireland’s National Development Plan is a 4.5 km twin tube tunnel. Each tunnel is equipped with emergency facilities such as access ways between tunnel tubes, lay-bys, emergency phone network, CCTV and other services. All services are provided by Egis Road & Tunnel Operation Ireland with an operation building positioned at the southern end of the tunnel.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork is a 0.6km long immersed twin tube tunnel under the River Lee to the east of Cork City Centre. It forms part of the N40 Cork Southern Ring Road and also provides a route from the N8 and N25 from the east and north-east into the City Centre. The Motorway Traffic Control Centre currently watches over the NRA busiest parts of the network that requires 24 hour 7 days week monitoring. To ensure these projects carry forward into the future and part of this contract extension Egis will undertake to deliver the recognised ISO program 9001,14001,18001 to Dublin Tunnel in line with our Irish Head Office who currently hold all three qualifications'.

Egis, leader in the Irish road operation and maintenance market

This contract provides a secure project and fosters Egis’ leading position in the Irish road operation and maintenance market, operating now 450km of motorways. Egis’ portfolio of projects in Ireland further comprises the GoSafe mobile safety cameras, the Motorway Maintenance and Renewal Contract (MMaRC) for the provision of operation, maintenance and renewals services on 330km of motorways in the south of Ireland (Area C), the EastLink, SouthLink, MidLink & NorthLink tolling operations in Ireland and the electronic toll collection and parking services through Easytrip Services Ireland.

 

 

10 October 2014

 

Word Nuclear Exhibition 2014: Egis, a major figure in industrial projects

The consultancy, engineering, project structuring and operations services group Egis is exhibiting at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) on stand number D92. In engineering and consulting, the group’s sectors of activity include transport, urban development, building, industry, water, environment and energy. Thanks to its experience and the wide variety of projects that it has delivered throughout its 80-year history (factories, industrial buildings, power plants, nuclear facilities, laboratories, experimental reactors, etc.), Egis is today a leading figure in the industrial sector.

With expertise encompassing every industry speciality, Egis’ multi-disciplinary teams contribute to all stages in the life cycle of facilities, including design, specialist consultancy services, works supervision and comprehensive programme management. We integrate both the specific requirements of our clients and those related to technological innovation, regulations or safety, to guarantee compliance with standards and continually enhance our own technical capabilities. The profitability of an industrial plant is determined from the project’s inception and takes into consideration the project’s development and projected lifespan. It is on this balance between the most appropriate technical choices and scalability that the project’s sustainable profitability depends.

 

Focus on ITER , the largest nuclear fusion experimentation facility ever built

Recreating on Earth the same nuclear fusion reaction that occurs in the stars to release a safe, unlimited and environmentally friendly energy source - this is the dream that has been fascinating the scientific community since the 1960s. Today, this dream has every chance of becoming reality through the international project ITER, whose first buildings are gradually surfacing on the Cadarache site in the south of France. Under the management of the Engage consortium made up of four European partners including Egis, here’s a closer look at this extraordinary project.

Aim: demonstrate that it is possible to industrialise the nuclear fusion process successfully performed in lab conditions, thus opening up the way for a new type of nuclear reactor.

This project is the result of unprecedented international cooperation between China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, Europe and the USA, each of which provide part of its components. The European Agency F4E* has taken on the construction of the site which will hold the future experimental reactor. In 2010, it awarded the project’s programme management to the European consortium Engage (Egis, Assystem, Atkins and Empresarios Agrupados).
The contract comprises the construction of the nuclear complex, with the famous tokamak in which the nuclear fusion takes place, as well as of all the ancillary buildings: a cryogenic plant, electric power, a radioactive waste processing building, etc.
Our missions cover design, procurement from contractors and works supervision all the way through to handover. For each of our assignments, we work as an integrated team and search out the best skills and competencies from within each of the different partners” explains Gilles Schartle, Project Director at Egis.

At present, 230 people from Engage are at work on the Cadarache site. These include around thirty Egis team members, working mainly in the field of project management, but also on design and on the supervision of the works schedule and construction. On occasion, the project additionally calls on Egis’s different subsidiaries for the design of complex structures or specific studies (lightning protection, underground utility networks, etc.).

Exceptional skills for an exceptional project

The design of the auxiliary buildings is almost finished, but the nuclear buildings are still at the detailed design stage.
ITER’s 3D tokamak model is made up of millions of components. This machine measuring 30m across and 30m high weighs more than 30,000 tonnes, which is four times the weight of the Eiffel Tower! It will be subjected to extremely high pressure and temperatures, which generate particularly strenuous conditions on the materials and also on building structure. Not to mention that we also have to design and manage their construction, whereas the process itself hasn’t yet been fully established. This means that we have to be in direct contact with the process engineers to follow all of the latest developments and implement them progressively. With an organisation spread across all of the world’s time zones and about twenty different nationalities working on the project 24 hours a day, it’s true to say that the sun never sets on ITER!” adds Alain Baudry, integrator and deputy design manager at Egis.

 

10 September 2014

 

Republic of Macedonia: Egis starts up studies for waste water treatment in the capital, Skopje

Egis is about to begin a project for the financing, construction and operation of a waste water treatment plant in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. This project follows the recent signature of a funding agreement as part of a call for projects issued by the French Ministry of Finance and the DGT (French Treasury). This study of high environmental importance, carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and Skopje City Hall, will give Macedonia valuable access to French know-how in sustainable technologies in waste water treatment.

 

An urgent need for infrastructure

The city of Skopje has a population of 600,000 and a substantial industrial fabric which increases the city’s current waste water treatment requirements to over 1,000,000 in population equivalent. Today’s sewage treatment solutions are undersized and do not take sufficient account of future population and industrial growth, and therefore the development of needs in the short and medium term. The feasibility studies were carried out more than five years ago and do not provide suitable solutions from technical, economic and environmental standpoints.

A project to address waste water treatment in the city in the long term

The study to be conducted by Egis with the support of the Macedonian consultancy BAR E.C.E. has three aims:

  • Update the existing studies, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the European Directive for the treatment of urban waste water in the capital of the Republic of Macedonia;
  • Propose sewage treatment solutions to meet current and future needs and which protect the environment and satisfy economic and social priorities and constraints. These solutions will promote the emergence of technology allowing both investment optimisation and the efficient functioning of the treatment plant with reduced operating costs, in particular with regard to energy consumption;
  • Establish a financial structure for the project best suited to the Client’s economic and financial situation. This will include considering the development of a Public-Private partnership with firms specialising in waste water treatment and the processing of effluents (water and sludge).

 

 

 

23 July 2014

 

Vietnam: Egis and Adetef sign a technical assistance contract to support the development of public-private partnerships in the presence of French Minister Fleur Pellerin

During the official visit to Vietnam of Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Egis and Adetef signed a technical assistance contract on 22 July in Hanoi with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to support the development of public-private partnerships (PPP). This contract, worth 3.5 million US dollars over a period of 5 years and co-financed by the Asian Development Bank and the French Development Agency, is part of the country’s plan to support public-private partnerships.

Infrastructure development in Vietnam

To address the binding constraint of insufficient infrastructure in line with the Socio-economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has embarked on a comprehensive public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure investment programme.

The programme also focuses on assisting authorised state agencies (ASAs) to identify and structure sound PPP projects.

A project reinforcing the presence of Egis and Adetef in Vietnam

Under the auspices of this programme, the Egis-Adetef consortium will provide expert advice on strategic, institutional, financial, environmental and social issues on behalf of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI). The ministry is the executing agency on this project jointly financed by the Asian Development Bank and the French Development Agency. A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established within the PPP office of the MPI.

The technical assistance consultancy team will assist the PMU in project management. It will contribute recommendations on PPP strategy, institutional and sector issues (energy, transport, education, health, water/sanitation etc.), and on economic, financial, and safeguard aspects (involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples, etc). This support shall include knowledge transfer and capacity building of government counterparts at the MPI and in ASAs.

 

17 June 2014

 

Egis plays a role in mobility at the World Cup in Brazil

In a few days' time, on Friday 20 June, the football match between France and Switzerland will take place at Salvador de Bahia. The supporters will be able to use the new metro, which was opened on 11 June, to get to the stadium.

 

For the past six months, since it signed a contract with the Brazilian group CCR (Companhia de Concessões Rodoviárias), Egis has been working towards the completion of the first section (5 stations, including one new station, with a total of around 7.3 km of track, 1.5 km of which is underground) of line 1 of the Salvador de Bahia metro in Brazil.
The work carried out by Egis (almost 30 employees, 85% of whom are Brazilians) alongside CCR, constructors and suppliers, led to the successful inauguration of this first section of line 1 on 11 June, attended by the President of the Republic of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.
Two days later, on 13 June, the metro, which will be free until 15 September and will remain in a "test" phase until then (limited operating capacity and reduced frequency between trains), transported some of the supporters to the first match between Spain and the Netherlands, who were the two teams playing in the last final in 2010. This match is the first of six that will take place at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador de Bahia, which is served by this first section of line 1.
Egis employees, who were in charge of systems and interface integration, made a full contribution to this achievement, in particular through their involvement in engineering, interface management, planification and testing.
The project overall consists of two lines (1 and 2), which will become operational gradually, with the last section due to go into service in April 2017 linking up the international airport and providing the inhabitants of Salvador, known as Soteropolitanos, with almost 34 km of metro line.

Let's not forget that this first major diversification project in passenger transport comes as an endorsement of the pertinence of Egis’ development strategy in Brazil.

 

28 May 2014

 

Brisa, Egis and NedMobiel form new mobility venture

Brisa, Egis and NedMobiel have formed a new partnership targeting leadership in innovative mobility services and mobility management. Brisa and NedMobiel, founding shareholders of BNV Mobility, will now be joined by Egis, a worldwide leader in the field of engineering, project structuring and operations services.

 

Brisa, Egis and NedMobiel have formed a new partnership targeting leadership in innovative mobility services and mobility management. Brisa and NedMobiel, founding shareholders of BNV Mobility, will now be joined by Egis, a worldwide leader in the field of engineering, project structuring and operations services.

Egis is pleased to become a stakeholder in BNV Mobility. The end-to-end mobility services developed by BNV Mobility are an excellent complement to Egis’ existing 2400 km of worldwide road operating and maintenance services, and its activities in developing services for motorized road users under the Easytrip brand” states Rik Joosten, CEO of Egis Projects.

The Netherlands is leading the way with innovative mobility services. BNV Mobility has worked on several successful rush-hour avoidance projects which have led to positive behavioural changes of Dutch commuters. Services which lead to proven sustainable mobility will be deployed in other countries by the stakeholders.

Brisa is glad that Egis joins us in this new exciting mobility services business, we expect this strong international player to add value to the project. We are looking forward to working together to enable BNV Mobility to achieve its scaling up from a leading Dutch mobility services provider to an international performer”, says Daniel Amaral, Executive Director of Brisa.

Dirk Grevink, co-founder of NedMobiel: “Mobility management is growing in importance; together we can gain leverage from each other’s markets and experiences and create a stronger mobility proposition, both now and in the future.

BNV Mobility specializes in rush-hour avoidance projects, such as the successful Wild! van de spits service that is currently deployed in the Rotterdam region and already has more than 10,000 participants after just 2 months. Wild! van de spits offers participants a cash reward for peak-hour avoidances in a very congested area around the city of Rotterdam. BNV Mobility also offers mobility services which provide a complete mobility added-value proposition to consumers. This will be bundled in the MovesYourDay service which will be launched later this year.

MovesYourDay is a mobility assistant which leads to smarter driving. By providing clear information about driving behaviour and mobility costs, commuters will be able to save money and understand how to achieve sustainable mobility. 

 

14 May 2014

 

Myanmar: Egis signs a drinking water project in Yangon and opens a local subsidiary

Egis and the Yangon (Rangoon) municipal authorities together signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday 9 May 2014 for a pilot project to rehabilitate the city’s drinking water network. This is the first project in Myanmar to benefit from the French fund that finances foreign infrastructure projects, FASEP.

 

A nation opening up to the outside world

In recent years Myanmar has been transitioning rapidly towards a market economy: direct foreign investment increased threefold between 2011 and 2013 and a large number of projects have been launched in different sectors and regions of the country.

Urban infrastructure requiring renovation

The city of Yangon (Rangoon), the country’s economic capital, has a population of over 6 million and is experiencing urban development which has intensified further since 2011. However, the existing infrastructure mainly dates back to the 1930s and requires renovation.

The Yangon municipal authorities (Yangon City Development Committee, YCDC) expressed its wish to rehabilitate and upgrade this infrastructure, in particular in the area of drinking water. It is estimated that more than 50% of the water pumped into the city is wasted due to leaks in the supply system.

 

A project reinforcing Egis’ presence in Myanmar

In view of this, Egis proposed a feasibility study for the rehabilitation of Yangon’s drinking water network in a pilot zone comprising three priority districts and supplying 800,000 inhabitants: Thingangyun, Tarmwe and Thaketa. This project obtained the support of the French Finance Ministry, thereby becoming the first project in Myanmar to receive funding from the French FASEP fund.

The results of this study in Yangon are to serve as the starting point for the development of network rehabilitation across the entire city, which the French Development Agency plans to finance during 2015. Other cooperation projects between France and Myanmar are currently under development, notably in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.

This project is Egis’ fifth in Myanmar since 2013 and coincides with the opening of a local subsidiary, Egis Myanmar. The objective of this branch is to continue to develop the activities of the group in the country in a wide range of engineering sectors.

 

 

 

07 May 2014

 

Egis’ 2013 financial results: An unprecedented €1.2 billion order intake

2013 was marked by an unprecedented order intake in the Engineering division, reaching a record level of €1,284 million, an increase of 57% on 2012. The order book at the end of 2013 thus accounts for nearly 20 months of activity, and international projects make up a majority of it (60%).


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Satisfactory turnover in light of the current economic environment

In 2013, the group’s consolidated turnover stood at €881 million, compared to €897 million in 2012, representing a slight drop of 1.8%. Despite this decrease, this turnover is satisfactory considering the extreme caution exercised by organisations in many markets due to a persistently challenging economic environment.

50% of turnover was generated in mainland France, 1% in the French overseas territories and 49% abroad, with activities in around a hundred countries.

Growth in operating profit

The group’s operating profit reached € 64.7 million, up on 2012 (€61.6 million).

Net profit (before deferred tax) stood at €39.6 million, down on 2012 (€43.5 million) due to a decrease in financial income.

A global actor in a local environment

Egis offers a global approach to projects through its range of skills extending into all domains of the living environment and construction (transport infrastructure, urban development, buildings, energy, industry, water, etc.).

In 2013, Egis continued its development both by reinforcing its local presence in growth markets such as Brazil, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, etc., and by incorporating specialist firms to round out its service offering. 2013 saw two new companies join the group: Helios, a British aviation consultancy, and England TIR Group, an Italian automatic toll collection specialist. The group also teamed up with TollSys, a new developer of back office IT solutions for toll activities.

A global actor in a local environment

With its excellent 2013 order intake, Egis starts 2014 on a trajectory of growth. The deployment of the projects it has won will enhance the international reach of the group’s activities and teams.

On its markets, the group is capable of working on different parts of the value chain. This multi-disciplinary profile within the group and the complementarities between its teams’ areas of expertise are valuable assets in responding to the challenges of regional development, by continuing to offer its clients scalable solutions ranging from infrastructure to the general landscape and from the local district to the big city.

 

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