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23 July 2013


Egis awarded concession for Ostend-Bruges and Antwerp airports in Belgium

On 19 July 2013, the Flemish Government officially named Egis as the winner of two public service concession tenders for the operations of Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges airports, for a 25 year term.

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Carlo Ciattoni, Project Director at Egis, applauded “the trust that the Flemish Government has placed in Egis, and the spirit of teamwork that reigned throughout the establishment of this public-private partnership. It augurs well for the early days of this long cooperation which is to last for 25 years.”

Egis and the Government now have a six-month transition period during which to make final arrangements for the transfer of both responsibilities and staff to the two Egis subsidiaries set up for the purpose: LEM Oostend-Brugge, and LEM-Antwerpen [1].

These LEMs will in particular be responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the platforms and for the upkeep of part of their facilities. The maintenance and development of so-called ‘basic’ infrastructure (runways, taxiways, airport access roads, etc.) will continue to be carried out by the Region via public airport development companies (LOMs[2]) which are also currently being formed.

The concessionaire companies will naturally be responsible for commercial development in order to deliver the revenue needed to fund the €7 million investment programme planned by Egis for these two platforms.

Jean-Paul Desgranges, the Director at Egis in charge of steering these two LEMs during the pre-operational phase, commented: “Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges are two very complementary airports. Antwerp, despite its short runway, has a considerable role to play in the economic promotion of the Region by developing short-haul European business traffic. Ostend-Bruges, with its 3,200m runway that can accommodate all types of aircraft, can become the gateway to Flanders for tourist traffic. It can also be considered a serious alternative to other airports in Belgium and even in Northern France for both outbound tourist traffic and freight transport, whilst of course complying with current environmental legislation.”

Several airlines have already shown an interest in using one or the other of these airports, and a number of new routes are likely to be launched in the coming three years.

The two airports directly employ a total of 250 people, not counting the indirect jobs generated both on the platforms and in ancillary sectors such as the tourist industry.

[1] LEM (Luchthaven Exploitatie Maatschappij), airport operating company in Flemish

[2] LOM (Luchthaven Ontwikkelings Maatschappij), airport development company in Flemish


09 July 2013


Inauguration of Carabane landing port

Egis, head engineer

On Saturday 6 July 2013, Senegal inaugurated the new landing port at Carabane. Plans to relaunch the Dakar – Ziguinchor sea route started up after the September 2002 disaster of the sinking of MV Le Joola. The former capital of Casamance thus sees the completion of a key element of infrastructure for its island, which is both a national heritage and a tourist destination. Egis was head engineer for the construction of the landing port.

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A project with ambition

Egis has acquired long-standing knowledge of Senegal since the 1960s, in particular through design studies carried out for the Dakar landing and the full engineering assignment for rebuilding the port of Ziguinchor. It was in 2009 that the group was selected to carry out the engineering, procurement and construction management for the Carabane landing port.

The aim of Senegal, through its Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Ministry and the National Maritime Affairs Agency (ANAM), is the overall enhancement of the Dakar - Carabane - Ziguinchor sea service via the construction of a safer landing dock. The new landing port guarantees totally safe mooring conditions to modern vessels operating the service.

The project had to meet political, economic and social concerns in a particularly sensitive climate. The new landing port primarily aimed to support the regional production of Carabane and trade with the Dakar market in order to develop and open up the Casamance region.

The inauguration was also the opportunity to pay tribute to the famous Senegalese art painter Malang Badji, who passed away in April 2013.


Egis’ assignments

The Carabane landing port is an achievement delivered at the end of a several-stage design and construction supervision process managed by Egis teams.

They initially carried out the design studies for the landing dock including:

  • Carrying out an assessment of the current state of affairs and the analysis of requirements with contributions from the local population and the State and national authorities;
  • Selecting the best site allowing for unassisted mooring of vessels and accounting for currents and the forecasted change in the seabed;
  • Formulating the development plan for a landing dock suited to natural, economic, logistical and environmental conditions on a preliminary design level (APS)
  • Producing the Advanced Preliminary Design (APD) of the landing dock following a series of topographical, bathymetric and geotechnical surveys;
  • Drawing up the Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction

Egis also conducted the environmental and community impact survey on the island, home to many historical artefacts and candidate for UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Finally, the teams at Egis also carried out the supervision of construction works by ensuring compliance with the philosophy of the project through to its completion.


01 July 2013


A second Turkish motorway operation contract awarded to Egis within a year

On June 24th 2013, Egis signed a contract for the operation and maintenance of the Gebze-İzmir motorway in Turkey with OTOYOL AS, who is the concessionaire towards the Turkish General Directorate of Highways (“KGM”). This new contract is the second one for Egis in Turkey, following the Eurasia Tunnel awarded to Egis in December 2012 (a 5.4km twin-deck tunnel under the Bosphorus).

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Egis, the 50% shareholder of the operating company

OTOYOL YATIRIM ve IŞLETME A.Ş. (“OTOYOL”) was selected by the Turkish General Directorate of Highways (“KGM”) as the private concessionaire for the Project.

Following the execution of the Concession Agreement between the parties in September 2010, OTOYOL AS reached financial close for the Phase 1 on 15th of March 2013.

OTOYOL AS has been established for the purpose of the Project by five Turkish companies (Nurol İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş. Özaltın İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş., Makyol İnşaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş., Yüksel İnşaat A.Ş. and Göçay İnşaat Taahhüt ve Ticaret A.Ş. and one Italian company, Astaldi S.p.A..

After a competitive bidding process, Egis has been selected by OTOYOL AS as its operation partner.

Egis will be the 50% shareholder of the operating company. The other 50% will be hold by the shareholders of the concession company.

The Operator will perform pre-operational services, operation, maintenance and tolling services for OTOYOL AS for a period of 22 years and 4 months.

Details of the project

The Gebze-İzmir Project is a toll motorway project procured by the Turkish General Directorate of Highways under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Model. This Project is the largest BOT project in Turkey to date. It includes 420 km of motorway (2x3 lanes) between Gebze (on the North shore of İzmit Bay) and İzmir, as well as a 3000m suspension bridge crossing İzmit bay, three tunnels with an approximate cumulative length of 6km and 20 toll stations. The project will be implemented in two phases. The first phase from km 0 (Gebze) to km 58 will include the 3000m Izmit bay suspension bridge which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world by the length of central span.

The forecasted level of traffic for the first phase is about 40,000 vehicles per day.

The operation of the first phase will start at the end of 3.5 years of works and the second phase is forecasted to be under operation in mid-2020.

This new success strengthens Egis’ activities in tunnel and motorway operation, maintenance and tolling activities in Turkey.


28 June 2013


Egis strengthens its development strategy in the port and maritime domain

Port engineering and sea works, especially in the off-shore field (major complex projects and works at great depths) offers sharp forecasts worldwide.

By setting up Egis Ports, Egis is boosting its advance in this high potential sector. Pierre Aristaghes is Chief Executive Officer of the new subsidiary, that gathers the group’s various expertise.


An emerging domain

Egis aims at supervising trading ports and specialized terminals (bulk, mining, liquefied natural gas (LNG), etc.), marinas, extensions at Sea (artificial islands, etc.) and issues related to the struggle against erosion and coastal flooding. Egis assembles its particular expertise and creates a dedicated branch that will perform on 3 trades:

  • Port development consultancy (economic and institutional features of operating ports and waterways)
  • Harbor structures design (dams, wharves, piers, etc.) and the overall design of ports and terminals
  • Maritime hydraulics and coastal engineering

Egis Ports is managed by Pierre Aristaghes who joined the group at the end of 2012.

Landmark projects

In the last years, Egis teams brought their expertise to many projects as:

  • Infrastructure studies of Weda Bay’s ore port (Indonesia) which is one of the largest untapped nickel ore deposits in the world
  • Technical assistance for the construction of Zadar’s new port (Croatia), World Heritage Site by Unesco
  • Assistance for Kribi’s new deep water port (Cameroon) and operating planning
  • Full project management of the New Littoral Road (Reunion Island) to be set a few hundred meters from the shore, between Saint-Denis and La Possession
  • Member of the Ecological Restoration for the shore in the Great Port of Marseille, using Egis’ advanced know-how in Ecodesign.

Pierre Aristaghes named Egis Ports’ CEO

 A graduate of the French Ponts et Chaussées engineering school, Pierre Aristaghes began his career in 1981 with BCEOM (now Egis International), in the Ports and Inland Waterways Department (PVN). One year later, he joined the Technical Centre of the French Ministry of the Sea (“CETMEF”) where he was in charge of the sea port activity and returned to BCEOM in 1986 as Special Adviser to the General Manager.

He joined Bouygues TP in 1990 as Manager of Studies and Development and was, in particular, responsible for tunnel and port studies. He worked on the design of variants for the Beirut seafront (Lebanon), the first Tangiers Med container port (Tangiers, Morocco), a container terminal in the Dominican Republic, as well as the hydraulic design of seawalls in Monaco.

Manager of Sea Works Engineering at Saipem (a subsidiary of the Italian Oil Group ENI, a specialist in the engineering and construction of industrial complexes) since 2004, he notably developed winning concepts for two other ports in Tangiers and three methane terminals in Peru, Algeria and Australia. He was also awarded a major contract for the design of a complete port complex in Australia, and worked on urban marine extensions in Monaco and on Reunion Island.


14 June 2013


Egis will supervise the construction of the new Liège hospital (Belgium)

The future CHC (Christian Hospital Centre) of Liège, Belgium, focuses on a better welcoming of patients, on an architecture at the service of health care, and on a revamping of the brownfield site on which it will be built. Egis has been chosen as the Managing Constructor for this complex until its opening in 2017.


Engineering at the service of patients

For that operation, the CHC entrusts Egis with the task of Construction Management, independently of the companies involved. Thanks to its multidisciplinary expertise, Egis will apply its mastery of hospital-related techniques, of costs and delivery times for an exhaustive operation, and its know-how in the organisation and connection of interfaces (companies, concession holder, operating company). Its expertise in Project Management covers the Study and Works phases, and includes a specific responsibility for safety and security on the worksite. A team of 12 Egis engineers is dedicated to this project.

A high-tech hospital

The new hospital designed by the architects AAH (Artau-Assar Architects-Hoet + Minne) will open its doors in 2017 and will pool the activities of the clinics of St-Joseph (Liège), L'Espérance (Montegnée) and St-Vincent (Rocourt). Designed in view of providing ergonomic solutions to its users (patients, health care providers, suppliers), the hospital will offer the patients a personalised pathway, in a truly modern healthcare institution:

  • Low-Energy building;
  • Architecture focusing on light (wide openings, natural light in the living areas);
  • Advanced medicine and avant-garde equipment within a human environment;
  • Nice view to the city; easily accessible by car, public transportation or bike ('Ravel' cycle route);
  • Large parking area (2,000 spaces).

The hospital will offer a wide range of health care (consultations, hospitalisations, medical examinations), with 720 standard hospital beds and 120 day-hospital beds. Its 2,800 staff (employees, physicians and freelance professionals) will be provided with an ergonomic and human environment.

This certification testifies to the excellent quality of the ecological and sustainable management and operation of this real estate complex


17 April 2013


Egis, Generali and Microsoft: a joint approach for a dual environmental certification in use

Egis teams have worked as Environmental Project Management Assistant (AMO) for the dual certification 'BREEAM in Use' and 'HQE Exploitation®' (High Environmental Quality in Use) obtained at the end of March 2013 for the EOS office building at Issy-les-Moulineaux.


A first in France

The EOS building, delivered in 2009, is one of the largest set of offices to be certified 'HQE Construction' in the Paris region. The project, jointly initiated by the owner, Generali Real Estate, and the main lessee, Microsoft France, has been accompanied by Egis, which enabled them to obtain the 'HQE Exploitation®' and 'BREEAM in Use' certifications thanks to its Project Management Assistance work.

Such a joint project, supported by the owner and the main lessee of a building with a view to improving its environmental performances, is a first in France.

EOS obtains a dual 'HQE' certification

The operating teams, advised by Egis, had been working for almost 3 years on improving the environmental performances of the site and have been able to generate energy savings of more than 25%, proportionally to the gradual increase in the occupancy of the building.

Today, the teams have obtained a dual certification in Use by passing the Anglo-Saxon certification 'BREEAM in Use' with a score of 'GOOD' for each of the 3 topics it covers: Asset Performance, Building Management, and Organisational.

This certification testifies to the excellent quality of the ecological and sustainable management and operation of this real estate complex.


28 January 2013


Helios joins Egis

On 25th January 2013, Egis Avia, the French-owned aviation and navigation company acquired UK consultancy Helios.


Many synergies between Helios and Egis Avia

In a joint statement the companies said: “There are many synergies between Helios and Egis Avia, and a history of success and mutual respect in our markets. Egis Avia provides aviation services and products around the world. It operates 12 international airports and provides turnkey solutions to others. Helios delivers award-winning consultancy services to transport businesses, governments and institutions across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Together we intend to exploit our synergies to continue to help our customers address the challenges of today and plan better for tomorrow.”

Cédric Barbier, Egis Avia CEO says: “Having Helios on board supports Egis’ desire to be as close as possible to all air transport stakeholders from strategy to operations. Helios’ strong consultancy expertise strengthens our offering to aviation decision makers. This partnership enhances our unique consulting and engineering portfolio for Airport, ATM and Air Operation markets.”

Helios will continue to deliver its services from Farnborough and Žilina

Helios Chairman Dr Mike Shorthose adds: “Egis is a very strong global player and those global connections are exactly what we were seeking for our next phase of development. Helios will continue to deliver its services from Farnborough and Žilina, and in that respect it is very much ‘business as usual’. What we’re particularly excited about is that our team will now have access to more support worldwide, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on new opportunities.


Information for editors

  • Helios has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Egis Avia.
  • Egis Avia recognises the strength and value of the Helios name. The Helios brand name will continue.
  • The new business is well-funded and financially secure. Egis Avia is a subsidiary of Egis, which in turn is 75% owned by a major French bank (the Caisse des Dépôts) and 25% owned by its management and staff.


More information about Helios available in the press release.



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