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15 April 2014

 

Delivery of A63: a flagship project for the Aquitaine region and for Egis

The inauguration of the French Landes motorway on Thursday 10 April 2014 marked the culmination of 27 months of major works carried out, adjacent to traffic, by the economic interest group GIE A63. The Atlandes concessionaire, in which Egis holds a 10.18% stake, had awarded the construction contract to GIE A63, which then hired Egis for the turnkey integration of fixed and operational equipment and an 80% share of the engineering, procurement and construction management. Atlandes also awarded Egis the subsequent operation and maintenance of the 104 km of motorway.

 

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A63: a motorway of strategic regional importance

The motorway conversion of Route Nationale (RN) 10, running in the south western French départements Gironde and Landes, represents a crucial step forward for the major European traffic corridor running from Northern Europe into Spain and Portugal via Bordeaux.

Used by nearly 30,000 vehicles per day including 30% of heavy vehicles, the three-lane motorway complies with stringent motorway and environmental standards. These include noise abatement measures for local residents, the protection of water resources, in particular through the construction of water treatment lagoons, and the construction of 12 rest areas and four motorway service stations with capacity for 1,200 heavy goods vehicles.

Egis’ multiple roles as A63 investor, Engineer, systems integrator and operator

Alongside Egis, the other members of concessionaire consortium Atlandes are Colas Sud Ouest, Axmium, Spie batignolles, NGE, InfaRed and DIF A63 Luxembourg Sàrl.

Egis carried out a €24.3 million integrated engineering assignment, starting in September 2010 with a development study phase lasting nearly a year and leading to work commencement in September 2011.

The first phase of works involved building two toll stations, a maintenance centre, the 16 rest and service areas, water treatment lagoons etc, and widening the carriageway to 3 lanes each way for 40km before toll operations began in April 2013. The second phase, completing the road-widening work, was successfully delivered in November 2013.

In playing a supportive role to facilitate synergies between the different contractors, Egis made a critically important contribution to the success of the project which was delivered seven months ahead of schedule.

As the holder of a turnkey supply contract on behalf of GIE A63, Egis also provided all of the operating plant and equipment including the toll system, the motorway traffic management facilities and the road signage.

Finally, Egis is in charge of the operation and maintenance of this new 104-km stretch of motorway through its operating subsidiary Egis Exploitation Aquitaine which recruited the 30 public sector employees who previously operated the RN10.

This 40-year contract started up successfully in May 2011 with the takeover of operations on RN10, previously managed by the French State services. It continued throughout the construction work in close cooperation with GIE A63. In addition to its maintenance duties, Egis Exploitation Aquitaine also manages the tolls, asset monitoring and motorway safety.

 

27 March 2014

 

Egis wins Feasibility Study and Master Planning for a Special Development Zone in Myanmar

Egis signed a contract with Muse Development Public Company Limited (MDPC) for Preliminary Feasibility Study and Master Planning for Muse Special Development Zone (SDZ) in Myanmar. This contract stregthens the positioning of Egis in the country, with recent other assignments awarded in relation to Water, Road, Building and Urban sector.

 

Muse is located in northeastern Myanmar (Shan State) and is connected to China (Yunnan Province) by a bridge on the Shweli River.Muse Development Public Company Limited (MDPC) has just awarded Egis with a strategic mission.

The scope of work involves assisting MDPC in developing a Special Development Zone in Greenfield area of up to 945 ha of In-land zone at the border between Myanmar and China, two countries with different development levels in:

  • Strategic Positioning of SDZ in the region
  • Land use Planning for the SDZ
  • Developing Control Master Plan and Infrastructure Plan for 200 ha as part of Phase 1
  • Assisting MDPC IGE for development strategies and negotiations with the Government and other stakeholders
  • Financial Feasibility Study

 

12 March 2014

 

Ecuador: Egis wins construction inspection for 210-km multi-purpose pipeline

To satisfy the market demand for fuel, a multi-purpose pipeline (poliduct) running for 210 km is to be built between the port of Guayaquil and the centre of the country. Egis has just been selected for an extensive 23-month assignment to inspect the construction work carried out on the infrastructure.

 

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Key issues: safety and development

This 210-km poliduct (carrying diesel, petrol and liquid petroleum gas) is designed to support the economic development of the south of the country. It also comes as a response to the safety issues and risk of environmental pollution engendered by the current transport solution, where fuel is carried by truck from Pascuales, near the port of Guayaquil, to Cuenca. 

The poliduct project includes the following components:

  • Construction of six pumping stations
  • A new distribution terminal located midway along the pipeline
  • The extension of the Chaullabamba storage terminal in the city of Cuenca.

A comprehensive works inspection assignment

The contract awarded to Egis is for the extension of the fuel transportation, reception and distribution system. It is to last 23 months and comprises the following tasks:

  • Review of engineering studies conducted by the builder of the Pascuales-Cuenca poliduct; 
  • Review of procurement and manufacturing of all the equipment provided by the builder and the client EP Petroecuador for the construction work;
  • Construction supervision for the civil works, engineering structures, mechanical and electrical equipment, instrumentation and control command system of the Pascuales-Cuenca poliduct; 
  • Ensuring compliance with standards of health, safety and environmental management plans.

 

 

05 March 2014

 

Egis wins contract for rehabilitation and operational improvement of 223 dams in India

Egis has been awarded a sizeable INR 102 Crores contract, for the DRIP project in India which will see the rehabilitation of 223 dams and the revision of nationwide dam safety guidelines. This contract comes as an endorsement of the Group’s commercial strategy in the field of water whose objective is to take part in major international dam projects.

 

An ambitious project

DRIP (Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project) is an ambitious programme that was launched several years ago by India’s Central Water Commission (CWC), acting on behalf of the Indian government. The project’s aim is to upgrade and improve the operational performances of 223 dams located in four states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Two thirds of these dams were built between 1935 and 1985, and four of them are more than a hundred years old!

This five year project aims to improve dam safety and operational performance. The contract awarded to Egis includes the project management in the form of assistance to Central Project Management Unit of DRIP under CWC and dam safety institutional strengthening measures such as revision of dam safety guidelines.

The team mobilised by Egis comprises 55 people from ten different nationalities. Among them are 35 specialists including 17 who have worldwide renown in their area of expertise. This team covers all of the different technical fields related to the project, in each of the four abovementioned Indian states.

The World Bank is funding 80% of this 437.5 million US Dollars project.

 

08 January 2014

 

Egis awarded systems engineering contract for construction of Salvador metro, Brazil

Egis has concluded a €12 M engineering contract with the build-and-operate concession holder CCR (Companhia de Concessões Rodoviárias) for the commercial construction of the metro in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia, Brazil. This contract covers systems management and integration, as well as interface management between subsystems and civil engineering.

 

The World Cup metro

The Salvador metro project comprises the completion of line 1 (nearly 7 km, partly underground), the construction of 5 km of extensions to this first line and the entire construction of a 24km-line 2, serving Salvador’s international Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães airport.

Revenue service on the first stretch of line 1 (5 stations) is scheduled for June 2014 in time for the FIFA World Cup. Its construction and system installation are already at an advanced stage. Revenue service on line 2 is planned to start up in spring 2017.

The concession contract between the consortium controlled by the Brazilian investor CCR and the state of Bahia had been signed on 15th October 2013 and provides for the construction of the city’s metro and a 30-year operating lease.

A major contract for Egis in Brazil

This engineering contract awarded to Egis is the largest in the history of Egis Engenharia e Consultoria, the Brazilian engineering firm acquired by Egis in 2011, specialising in rail freight and based in Curitiba (Paraná State). The project will require the mobilisation of around 20 Egis employees, including four expatriates, based in Salvador for a duration of 40 months. Egis will work on this project with MCA, a Brazilian subcontractor specialising in project management.

This first major diversification project in passenger transport comes as an endorsement of the pertinence of Egis’ development strategy in Brazil.

 

02 January 2014

 

Egis strengthens its position in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicle

Further to the acquisition of Transpass, a Dutch based company in 2011, Egis, through its company Egis Easytrip Services, has just completed the acquisition of England TIR Group, based in Cesena (Italy), which strengthened its position on the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) market segment.

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On 19th December, Egis acquired 100% of the England TIR Group, a company targeting international HGV customers and providing the following services:

  • Electronic toll Collection for European infrastructures,
  • Ferry and train booking services across Europe,
  • Value Added Tax (VAT), and other taxes, recovery services to transport companies.

Thanks to its 45 employees, England TIR is managing about 5.800 clients and collected over 122M€ of toll, VAT and ferry booking services in 2012. It collects tolls on behalf of major European concession companies (such as TollCollect in Germany, Asfinag in Austria, Autostrade in Italy, TIS-PL in France, etc.) from transport companies mainly based in Southern Europe.

This acquisition enables Egis to complete its range of services with a high degree of complementarity of:

  • Its geographic customer base (England TIR being strong in Southern Europe, Transpass being strong in Benelux and Central and Eastern Europe).
  • Its portfolio of services offered, since in addition to electronic tolling services for both companies, Transpass is particularly strong in VAT services, while England TIR is the European leader in ferry booking services.

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

This strategic objective was initiated with the creation of Easytrip few years ago and has resulted in the creation of Easytrip Ireland, Easytrip Philippines and recently, the launch of Easytrip France. Egis Easystrip Services has now positioned itself on the growing independent tolling business in continental Europe (stimulated by the European Electronic Toll Service - EETS directive). Transpass and England TIR 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. Today Egis manages over 2.6 million subscribers across Europe.

 

19 December 2013

 

Egis is awarded a new contract in Ireland

Egis Lagan Services Ltd., a joint venture company between the French company Egis and Northern Irish infrastructure company Lagan, has signed on 18th December 2013 with the National Roads Authority 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 project comprises the routine operation and maintenance of the road network and includes the normal inspections, environmental maintenance, incident response, and winter maintenance core activities together with full liaison with the local authorities and the national Motorway Traffic Control Centre. In addition, repair works and discreet renewals schemes can be instructed as task orders through the contract by the National Roads Authority.

The contract consists of a five year term contract with an option to extend for a further two years.

The motorway area C comprises the M7 from Kildare to Portlaoise, the M8 from south of Portlaoise to Fermoy, and the M8 from south of Fermoy to the Dunkettle interchange in Cork, the N20, N22, N25 and N40 in the Cork City environs, a spur of the N24 in Tipperary, and the M9 motorway from Kilcullen to Waterford with a small section of the N10 to Kilkenny.

Operations will be run from four depots located along the route at Dunkettle in Cork, Cahir in Tipperaray, Portlaoise and Kilkenny. Each depot will be sufficiently equipped with enough staff, vehicles, kit, equipment and materials to operate its specific section of the network and provide interaction with adjacent sections and stakeholders.

This contract provides a secure project and fosters Egis’ leading position in the Irish road operation and maintenance market, operating now 450 km of motorways. Egis’ portfolio of projects in Ireland further comprises the maintenance of the motorway ITS equipment, the operation of the GoSafe mobile safety cameras, operation of Dublin Tunnel, EastLink tolling operations (located in the East of Dublin) and electronic toll collection and parking services through Easytrip Services Ireland.

 

16 December 2013

 

Sub-fluvial extension of Lyon metro delivered by Egis

On Wednesday 11 December, the Lyon metropolitan public transport authority SYTRAL inaugurated the extension of the city’s B line running under the River Rhone to Oullins in the south west of the conurbation. Egis has been a loyal partner to the project owner ever since the inception of Lyon’s first metro line. This new development is a confirmation of its know-how in the exemplary management of projects and in major underground engineering structures.

 

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An exceptional project, delivered ahead of time

Line B of the Lyon metro dissects France’s third largest city from north to south, starting in neighbouring Villeurbanne and now terminating in Oullins, thanks to this new 1.8 km stretch of line and the addition of a new station.
This huge project required a new tunnel to be bored under the river, a quite exceptional project which drew on a range of rare expertise and techniques. The use of a single-bore slurry shield tunnel boring machine (TBM) was considered the most appropriate solution to deal with Lyon’s complex soil structure and cause the least disruption, whilst incidentally being the cheapest option to implement.

The work of the TBM - among other tasks - was successfully commanded by teams from Egis, well-versed in this type of construction. The tunnel boring was completed four months ahead of schedule in the initially allotted 11 month timeframe. The TBM arrived at its destination of the Gare d’Oullins station on 2 March 2011, completing the river crossing alone 41 days ahead of schedule. The stabling area and the station bored out of the granite were also delivered early, allowing compliance with all the deadlines that had been set by Egis when it first carried out preliminary studies in 2006.

Project management assignments

As the engineering, procurement and construction manager for both design studies and the construction work, Egis planned the entire project and supervised its technical and financial execution, including the issue of 25 separate works tenders. Egis was involved upstream in the definition of the construction method used to cross the Rhone, from preliminary studies to assistance for the principal tender for civil engineering and associated equipment, in keeping with the negotiated procedure chosen by the client. SYTRAL was thus able to rely on Egis’ competencies and expertise and on its experience acquired both in France and internationally. Egis deployed around fifty of its people on this remarkable project.

Key to the accomplishment of the project was the mobilisation of a tight-knit multidisciplinary infrastructure and systems team totally focussed on this objective. Another notable achievement was in the area of safety: not a single serious accident was reported on the project which started up in summer 2009.

 

02 December 2013

 

Egis and ACTOLL create a Joint Venture TollSys, developer and publisher of software solutions for toll back-office

As part of its business development in complex toll transport infrastructure, Egis has partnered with ACTOLL to create the company TollSys, developer of tolling back office software solutions.

TollSys develops and maintains back-office software for traditional tolling and free-flow solutions.

The company benefits from the control of business processes and the contribution of projects from Egis. ACTOLL and TICKS (software publisher) provide expertise in toll software development and the platform called TICKS BPMN Studio (TBS), which will serve as the development tool for back office software.

 

Regarding TollSys, Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer of Egis Projects and President of TollSys, said: « The project of a lasting partnership with ACTOLL allows Egis to better control the value chain of toll systems by providing an adaptable, flexible and competitive solution for back office operational needs. This partnership enables us not only to secure but also to develop Egis' activities on the market for the supply, installation and maintenance of toll systems ».

« The alliance between our two companies enables us to offer our clients integrated solutions based on our respective knowledge of software development, maintenance and operation of toll solutions. This partnership allows us to reach new markets and gives us new opportunities for international growth », confirms Liborio Panzarella, President of Actoll and Chief Executive Officer of TollSys.

This partnership reinforces the capabilities of Egis and ACTOLL in toll system back office solutions.

 

29 November 2013

 

Building Indonesian’s Economy through Advanced Infrastructure Solutions

Jakarta, 25 November 2013. Today, Kadin Indonesia together with SBS Asia, MATIERE®, Egis and Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia (MTI), hold a seminar to discuss solutions on infrastructure development in Indonesia. The importance of infrastructure to Indonesia's economy brings the urgency for public and private sectors to have advanced infrastructure technologies.

 

Two of French companies introduced their innovative solutions for infrastructure development and share experiences of best practices as well as the benefits in implementing up-to-date technologies adapted to the Indonesian environment and challenges.

MATIERE® is a French engineering and construction company specialized in permanent steel bridges and pre-cast concrete products for underpasses and road/rail tunnels. MATIERE® is an internationally recognized firm with operations in Asia, Europa, Africa and the Americas. In Asia and the Pacific, MATIERE® is building 500 bridges for the Government of the Philippines and has on-going projects in Papua New-Guinea and Laos.

Egis, is an international group offering global engineering services (study, design, project management and supervision) for building and infrastructure (transportation, urban development, water, environment and energy) also investment and operation of toll road and airport projects.

The lack of (quality) infrastructure has been hampering Indonesia's economic and social development for many years. Whether it is 'hard' infrastructure (such as roads, airports and electricity supply) or 'soft' infrastructure (such as social welfare and health care) Indonesia seems to have a hard time pursuing a more efficient and competitive path of economic development. The infrastructure's expansion has not been able to keep up with robust macroeconomic expansion since recovery from the crisis in the late 1990s, hence economic growth cannot yet reach its full potential. It is estimated that when Indonesia would possess an adequate infrastructure its gross domestic product (GDP) could grow between seven and nine percent annually, instead of the current rate of 6.0 - 6.5 percent maximum.

The lack of adequate infrastructure causes Indonesia's logistics costs to rise steeply, which reduce the country's competitiveness and attractiveness of the overall investment climate. Indonesia has eased regulations to make the infrastructure sector more investor-friendly, such as an amending the law on public-private partnerships and passing a new Land Acquisition Law.

Didie W. Soewondo, Vice Chairman of Kadin Indonesia said "KADIN Indonesia is committed to support the Government of Indonesia in accelerating the infrastructure development in Indonesia. Our seminar today is part of our ongoing support to find best solution to answer the urgencies of infrastructure development in Indonesia".

Maxi Gunawan, Vice Chairman of SBS Asia said "SBS Asia committed to provide cutting edge European technologies for the development of Indonesia's economy, through knowledge and technology transfer. We introduce Matiere in Indonesia to help support the Indonesia's national infrastructure development effort though advance and adaptable technology".

Herve Blanc, Chief Financial Officer of MATIERE® said "With Indonesia's current infrastructure development plan, we believe that MATIERE® will play an important role to provide advanced and competitive technical solutions to enable the development of critical transport infrastructure in Indonesia; particularly in unlocking provinces in Indonesia and access to remote areas. We are also eager to build a long-standing and fruitful business relation with Indonesia, MATIERE® is looking for opportunities for partnership with Indonesian government and private sectors".

Jean-Emmanuel Seixas, Chief Executive Officer Egis Indonesia said "A good infrastructure project is a project which is delivered on time and within the budget. For complex projects, this is only achievable if enough time and budget are dedicated to appropriate engineering studies. In this regard, Egis provides a multidisciplinary and integrated approach based on the state of the art of international know-how, combined with local content, and tailored to the Indonesian context."

The seminar "Building Indonesian's Economy through Advanced Infrastructure Solutions" aims at:

Identifying and informing about opportunities available in infrastructure development and what is needed to make the projects running;Sharing international best practice solutions with Indonesian companies and political decision-makers;Jointly discussing scenarios and options for implementing adequate and smart technologies for overcoming the most pressing bottlenecks to help accelerate Indonesia's economy that include, opening access in provinces and remote areas.

At least 100 Indonesian and international business representatives, government officials (Ministry of Public Works) and representatives of the civil society had attended the event.

 

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