In January 2019, Egis decided to extend its railway and public transport engineering activities to Oceania. The Group is already established in this region through its road and tunnel operation activities. In the past two months, its presence has also expanded to building engineering activities, with the acquisition of Hong Kong-based Inhabit and its offices in major Australian cities.
“The choice to open an office in Australia dedicated to rail activities is a logical step in developing our business in Asia-Pacific. Australia has multiple ongoing and upcoming projects in the urban rail transport area, most notably in Sydney and Melbourne, but also in secondary cities. This decision is also a response to successive market signals calling on Egis to provide its railway know-how developed over the past 50 years on other continents, including Asia, where we have experienced continuous and strong growth since 2013,” explains Pierre Tissier, Executive Vice President of the Rail business unit at Egis.
Since arriving on the market, the Egis strategy has been validated by two quick wins: on the City Rail Link in Auckland, New Zealand, and on the Parramatta light rail network in the Sydney region. “Egis has a remarkable pool of experts and engineers in all areas of rail transport, and Oceania has a substantial appetite for cutting-edge skills to accomplish these projects. Egis’s expertise, whether in systems, civil engineering, automatic metros, light rail, or conventional and high-speed passenger rail, constitutes an ideal response to market needs. The experience we have acquired on Grand Paris Express projects in France or on the Riyadh and Doha metros where Egis played a central role, will be used to good effect in our Australian and New Zealand projects,” states Benoit Bergeron, business development manager for the zone.
The year’s other highlights include Egis joining the Australian Railway Association and its forthcoming participation in the AUSRAIL tradeshow in December.
The Parramatta light rail project is part of the wide-ranging Greater Parramatta programme conducted to cater to the anticipated expansion of the Sydney population in the coming decades.
This extensive light rail project is split into three stages, the first of which will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD (central business district) and Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. This first section is expected to open in 2023 with 16 stops.
Great River City, the consortium formed by Transdev and CAF to deliver the System Operation and Maintenance (SOM) contract, appointed Egis for assignments relating to design review, technical assistance and for its contribution to its operating plan. “We have worked on many light rail projects on which CAF and Transdev were involved to various extents; these include Luxtram, the Besançon tram line, and the West Midlands light rail lines in the UK. We are therefore familiar with the technologies employed and we can bring this experience to Great River City,” adds Benoit Bergeron.
The City Rail Link is a new underground railway line passing beneath Auckland’s central business district in New Zealand, connecting Britomart and Mount Eden railway stations. The project was awarded to Link Alliance, formed by Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Downer Group, Soletanche Bachy International, WSP, AECOM et Tonklin + Taylor. The project is to design and build 3.5 km of tunnels and two new underground stations, redevelop two existing stations and design and install the railway track and systems.
Egis contributed its experience to the alliance from bid phase and is continuing to provide its support in system assurance, interface management, signalling and more widely in railway system integration.
In July 2019 Egis joined the Australian Railway Association, the peak body for the rail industry across Australia and New Zealand. The association has more than 150 member organisations including passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers of rolling stock, construction companies and consultants. Its membership also includes railway undertakings, government agencies and franchisees.
Egis will be making its debut appearance at the exhibition AUSRAIL from 3 to 5 December in Sydney. With more than 450 exhibitors, AUSRAIL is the largest event in Australia for the railway sector and is supported by the major industry associations including the Australian Railway Association (ARA), the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and the Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA).
You can meet Egis at the show on stand n°83.
By setting up a base in Oceania and winning these recent contracts, Egis has demonstrated its desire to support its long-standing clients on these markets. Above all, Egis wishes to establish a long-term presence, creating an Oceania-specific skill centre linking up with Egis’s other rail-focussed skill centres to provide its private and public sector clients with the technical expertise of its consultants, its proven working methods, its in-depth knowledge of railway projects and their specific risks and constraints, for the ultimate benefit of projects and clients who place their trust in the group.