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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.

 

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.

 

 

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