Every two months, Laure leaves her office in La Défense, Paris, to fly to Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire... and Zanaga!
For two years now she has been coordinating the engineering for the development of this iron ore mine, currently one of the largest in the Congo, which will be accompanied by the creation of infrastructure: railway/pipeline, port, road, power plant etc. Together with Technip and the Australian consulting firm AMEC, Egis was entrusted with the pre-feasibility studies by Xstrata, the fourth largest mining group in the world. "These trips to the Congo are crucial because they allow me to meet with the client (some of the decision-makers are based in the country), to review progress with our colleagues on-site, and to meet the construction companies that may work with us at a later date." Sub-Saharan Africa, a first for Laura: "I got a very warm welcome from the villagers. We talk to them a lot to establish their feelings and their expectations, and to see how they can get the most out of the Zanaga project. It is worth noting that the project will generate 10,000 jobs during construction and nearly 3000 in the operation phase. We are also studying the possibility of a training centre to allow as many villagers as possible to work on the site. I really feel like I'm being useful, participating within my field of work in a project that will contribute to the economic development of the entire country. It's exciting!”
"Sharing different ways of working and points of view"
During the two years prior to her arrival at Egis, Laure had already gained international experience in London and Singapore. "Speaking English, meeting people from different cultures, that's what motivates me! Another interesting aspect of this role is working with Australians who have strong expertise in the mining sector. On our side, we have knowledge of Africa, its institutions, etc. It is rewarding to compare our points of view, our ways of working... even though we do have to juggle the time difference!"