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30 July 2015


Middle-East: Egis and Projacs seal a strategic partnership to develop new opportunities

Egis acquires 51% of Projacs, the leading project and construction management firm in the Middle East. This transaction represents a new stepping stone for the development of both Egis and Projacs.



A reputed project management consultancy firm in its market

Founded in 1984, Projacs offers a wide and integrated range of project management services mainly relating to building projects.

The firm is firmly established in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait) and also operates in neighbouring countries.

With a workforce of 700 people and a turnover of USD 70 million in 2014, the company is a leading figure in the region, ranking among the global top 15 in the ENR (Engineering News Record) list of project management consultancies (excluding American firms). The firm also has its own training institute which accounts for 11% of its annual business.

A strategic partnership

With over USD 2500 billion worth of projects under planning, bidding or execution across the MENA region, both Egis and Projacs see significant opportunities for partnership and have over the past few months began sharing resources and capabilities as well as developing joint approaches for business development.

We are proud of Egis’ ongoing successes in the Middle East and are confident about our outlook in this promising region. To cement our commitment and build a sustainable business cluster, we thought critical to partner up with an established player in the Middle East. The integration of Projacs within Egis will allow the group to round out its project management expertise in the Middle East region and reinforce its position on projects in the fields of buildings and urban development commented Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis.

“With 20 offices across the MENA region, Projacs has an unparalleled coverage of the region and an unmatched track record in project and construction management services, particularly in relation to buildings in the Middle East. We continue to have our share of project/construction management and construction supervision for impressive government programs such as for the National Guard in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Education and the Public Authority for Applied Education in Kuwait or the Qatar Olympic Committee as well as for private sector clients such as on the development of nine Accor hotels in Saudi Arabia, the new National Bank of Kuwait head office landmark or the City Stars new development in Sharm Alsheikh. On the other hand, Egis holds significant capabilities in design and engineering in sectors which Projacs does not currently cover such as infrastructure, transport, water, energy and large-scale urban development. These are sectors which we believe will feature significant growth and opportunities in the region. We expect this strategic partnership to be highly beneficial to both firms as we each leverage on the complementary strengths and capabilities of the other” commented Dr. Nabil Al-Qaddumi, founder and Chairman of Projacs.

The Middle East: a key region for Egis

Egis has been present in the Middle East for several years and holds the view that the region is a high-potential global market in a large number of fields such as infrastructure, buildings, water, energy and urban development. Egis generated 7% of its 2014 turnover in the Middle East.

Among the most notable regional projects awarded to Egis since 2012 feature:

-       Project management and construction supervision of three lines of the future Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia;

-       Project management for the Doha metro in Qatar;

-       Design studies and construction supervision of 130 km of expressways in Doha;

-       The design of the urban development of the new cities of Taif and Badr in Saudi Arabia;

-       Technical management of a data center in Riyadh;

-       Project management of the King Faysal Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

More recently, the group also won contracts for:

-       The renovation of aviation infrastructure at Riyadh airport;

-       Assistance to the Saudi civil aviation authority for the commissioning of new infrastructure at the King Abulaziz airport in Jeddah;

-       Design studies for the future Medina metro in Saudi Arabia;

-       Project management of all of the Elevated sections of the Doha metro;

-       The design review and works supervision of the new project to extend the Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant;

-       Design studies and works supervision of the Um Al Houl Economic Zone (QEZ-3) in Doha;

-       Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for rehabilitation of Al Karaana lagoon in Qatar;

-       Construction supervision of the main sewer in the sanitation system in the city of Doha as part of the IDRIS programme.

There are currently 500 Egis employees working in the region on the various projects.


16 July 2015


Turkey: Start of the contract for the operation and maintenance of the Gebze-Izmir motorway

The contract for the operation and maintenance of the Gebze-Izmir motorway in Turkey has just come into force for a period of 22 years. Egis is in charge of pre-operational services, operation, maintenance and toll management of the motorway for OTOYOL AS, the concessionaire towards the Turkish General Directorate of Highways (“KGM”).


The Gebze-İzmir project is a toll motorway 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 up to now.

It includes 420 km of motorway (2x3 lanes) between Gebze (on the North shore of İzmit Bay) and İzmir, as well as a 3,000m suspension bridge crossing İzmit bay, three tunnels with an approximate cumulative length of 6km and 20 toll stations.

The project is implemented in two phases. The first phase from km 0 (Gebze) to km 58 includes the 3,000m Izmit bay suspension bridge which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world by the length of its central span (1,550m). The level of traffic for the first phase is expected to be about 40,000 vehicles per day. The second phase includes the remaining 362 km of motorway between km 58 and Izmir, two tunnels of 1,700m and 1,020m as well as the ring road of Bursa, the fourth largest city in the country.

Egis is a 50% shareholder of the operating company Gebze İzmir İşletme ve Bakım (GİİB). The other 50% are hold by the shareholders of the concession company.

GİİB is in charge of the operation, maintenance and toll management of the motorway. GİİB is also in charge of pre-operational services needed for the opening to traffic of the motorway. After a first stage of definition of the operator's needs, the purchase of vehicles and equipment, the recruitment and training of staff and the development of the whole operating documentation will follow.

The operation of the first phase will start at the end of 3.5 years of works at the beginning of 2016 and the second phase is expected to be in operation mid-2020.

With the start of this contract, Egis strengthens its presence in tunnel and motorway operation, maintenance and tolling activities in Turkey. Egis is in particular in charge of the operation of the Eurasia Tunnel (a 5.4km twin-deck tunnel under the Bosphorus strait).



10 July 2015


Australia: Egis opens to traffic the tunnel and urban motorway Legacy Way in Brisbane

The urban motorway Legacy Way, located in Brisbane in Australia, has just been open to traffic by Egis. Egis is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project for 10 years on behalf of Transcity.


The Legacy Way expressway is approximately 7 km long, including one 4.6 km long twin-tube tunnel connecting the Western Freeway with the Inner City Bypass. The Legacy Way traffic forecast is 34,200 vehicles on an average weekday rising to 50,800 in 2026.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) awarded the Legacy Way project to Transcity JV in December 2010. Transcity JV is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Legacy Way project for 10 years. Transcity JV includes Acciona Infrastructures S.A. of Spain (40%), BMD Constructions Pty Ltd. of Australia (30%) and Ghella S.p.A. of Italy (30%).

Under the contract signed on 21 June 2013, Egis Road Operation Australia is responsible for the operation and maintenance works of the Legacy Way for 10 years as the sole subcontractor of Transcity JV.

The project includes:

  • two separate parallel road tunnels, one for the eastbound traffic and one for the westbound traffic, each one with two lane carriageways and connected by cross passages every 120mwithout any lay-by or breakdown bay;
  • tunnel portals on the Western Freeway at Toowong and on the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove;
  • tunnel management system, fire safety, mechanical and electrical systems, ventilation systems;
  • adaptations of existing roads to connect the tunnels to the existing network;
  • a free flow electronic tolling system (not part of the contract).

This new success consolidates Egis’ position both in Australia and in tunnel operation and maintenance. Egis currently operates 50 tunnels worldwide for a total length of 47 km.



07 July 2015


Australia : Egis signs a contract to provide incident response services in Sydney area

From the 1st of October 2015, Egis will provide incident response services for 3 years on the Lave Cove Tunnel and the M2 motorway in Sydney, Australia.


Tollaust, a subsidiary of Transurban Group, the major player in managing private motorways in Australia,which isthe concessionaire in charge of the operation and maintenance of these two motorway sections, assigned the management of incident response services to Egis.

The M2 motorway (21 km) and the Lane Cove Tunnel (3,6 km) are two urban motorways linking the M1 motorway (Gore Hill Freeway) and the northwest suburbs of Sydney in New South Wales. The traffic on these two motorway sections is averaging 120,000 vehicles per day.

With this contract Egis is strengthening its position as a major player for motorway operation services on the Australian market.



29 June 2015


A4 motorway in Poland

Egis has just been awarded two contracts for the maintenance of fixed operating equipment and tolling system.

The General Directorate of the National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) renews its confidence in Egis with the award of the maintenance contracts of fixed operating equipment (telecommunication and traffic management systems) and tolling system on the A4 motorway Wroclaw–Katowice in Poland, following two tenders and after an initial contract of 3 years.


These contracts are in the continuity of the adjustment to toll motorway standards of the section Wrocław-Sośnica (162 km) of the A4 motorway.

The missions of Egis on these two contracts are:

  • the maintenance of fixed operating equipment (telecommunication and traffic management systems) for the Opole branch of GDDKiA. The duration of this contract is 43 months, until 31 December 2018.
  • the maintenance of the tolling system for the Warsaw branch of GDDKiA. The duration of this contract is 41 months, until 2 November 2018.


This section of the A4 motorway includes the following equipment:

  • 68 toll lanes on 13 toll plazas monitored by one operation center,
  • 80 pairs of Emergency Roadside Telephone located along the 162 km of the motorway and managed by GDDKiA.


The renewal of these contracts underlines the confidence shown by GDDKiA in Egis. Thanks to an extensive experience in the maintenance of toll motorways around the world, Egis is strengthening its position on the Polish market, closely cooperating with all leading owners of the national road network.


21 April 2015


Egis is awarded an operation and maintenance services contract for the National Highway NH-8D

The concession company JSTPL (Jetpur Somnath Tollways Private Limited) awarded the operation and maintenance of the motorway NH-8D to Egis for three years (two years with one year automatic extension) since this month. The scope of works includes toll, route patrolling and incident management of the motorway.


The National Highway 8D (NH-8D) is a 124 km toll motorway connecting Jetpur (Rjkot district) and Somnath (Gir Somnath district) on the West coast of the Indian federal state of Gujarat. The motorway has two toll plazas with 10 lanes each.

The Indian road network is the third largest one in the world after the United States and China. For several years, Egis has been involved in many projects to upgrade and develop the entire road infrastructure of the country. This new operating contract strengthens the willingness of Egis to contribute to the sustainable economic and social development of India.



08 April 2015


Egis 2014 results

Satisfactory results in a difficult environment

In 2014, Egis recorded managed turnover of €854 million, compared to €881 million in 2013, representing a 3% dip. Despite a slight decline, this turnover remains satisfactory, given the caution of the players in many markets and still difficult economic context, particularly in France.

The Egis’ order book represents more than 20 months of activity, increasing since 2012.

Net profit (Group share) amounts to €36.9 million, representing a drop of €1.4 million compared to 2013.


A strong internationalization of activities

53% of turnover is generated outside France as against to 49% in the previous year. The breakdown of turnover between France and International tipped in favour of the latter, which is consistent with our strategic aim to go where the growth is.

Virtually inexistent in the Middle East three years ago, the Group recorded a substantial increase in its activity (turnover rose by 84%), thanks to several successes such as the Doha metro in Qatar, Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia, or upgrading airfield facilities at Riyadh Airport.

In Americas, and notably in Brazil, the Group turnover rose by 24%. Egis strengthened its presence locally with the acquisition of Lenc, a Brazilian engineering firm. This acquisition allows Egis to become one of the foremost engineering firms, whilst also consolidating its international business activities in one of the most promising countries in the world.

Positive outlook for 2015

Multidisciplinary within Egis and complementary expertise of its teams, are assets to meet the challenges of land-use planning.

Since the beginning of the year, Egis has won several prestigious engineering contracts for the Doha metro in Qatar, the Medina metro in Saudi Arabia, the design and construction supervision of the Um Alhoul Economic Zone in Qatar, project management assistance for all of the communications activities of the Société du Grand Paris, and the integrated EPCM for the construction of new laboratories at the University Hospital in Reims, France.

In line with its development policy and its willingness to be constantly innovative, Egis also strengthens its position in the field of new mobility services (electronic toll systems, smart parking, self-service bicycles, reverse tolling, etc.), a tremendous growth opportunity to boost its activities and offer great perspectives to the group.

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25 March 2015


Qatar: Egis awarded EPCM contract for rehabilitation of Al Karaana lagoon

Located in the Al Rayyan region, west of Doha, the Al Karaana lagoon covers more than 4 and is raising serious environmental problems. Almost 60,000 cubic metres of untreated wastewater per day is discharged onto this site by tanker, most notably causing the contamination of the water table by infiltration, producing foul odours and creating safety risks connected with the transport of sewage.

The Public Works Authority of Qatar, Ashgal, has just awarded Egis an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to rehabilitate this lagoon. Ashgal wishes for the eradication of the lagoon and the site’s comprehensive overhaul, in continuance of the measures taken to date to mitigate its environmental impact.


Egis’ assignments

Teams from Egis will be tasked with identifying and qualifying the lagoon’s waters and sludge in order to appreciate the contamination of the water table and evacuate this waste to the appropriate treatment processes.

They will carry out the design of the wastewater treatment and the soil and water table decontamination, write the tender documentation, perform the design review of the plans and documents submitted by the selected contractor, and finally supervise the works.

Egis will consequently be mobilising all of its engineering capabilities for a period of 23 months to reduce to a minimum the environmental impact of this site, then redevelop it and convert it for new uses, in accordance with its sustainable development commitments.

This new contract gained follows another one awarded several weeks ago, also in the water sector: the extension of the Doha West waste water treatment and recycling plant.

The contract further bolsters Egis’ position in Qatar, where the Group generated almost 33 million euros of turnover in 2014 from its contributions to a large number of infrastructure projects.


24 March 2015


Qatar: Egis awarded design and construction supervision contracts for Um Alhoul Economic Zone, south of Doha

With several major infrastructure projects planned (railways, port, new towns, etc) and the preparation of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar wishes to encourage private sector investment and promote the diversification of its economy by creating three world-class industrial and logistic zones (excluding hydrocarbons).
This strategic project is part of Qatar National Vision 2030, supported by Emir Tamim ben Hamad ben Khalifa al-Thani, and aiming to deliver economic development in the country over the next 25 years.


Economic zones of international scope

The first two zones, Ras Bufontas and Al Karaana, will be located south of Doha airport whilst the third (QEZ 3), Um Alhoul, will be implanted in the port city of Al Waqrah, south of the capital.

Extending over an area of 27, Um Alhoul will bring together a number of activities related to metallurgy, petrochemicals, construction materials, logistics and marine industries, also benefitting from sea access thanks to a dedicated canal.

Manateq, the autonomous state company established in 2011 by the Qatari Ministry of Business and Trade and responsible for promoting and operating these economic zones, awarded the construction management of this third zone to Egis.

A My City by Egis project

Over a period of 5 years, the teams from Egis will be tasked with auditing the master plan designs already drawn up, delivering detailed plans, carrying out specific design studies (from conceptual to preliminary design phase for buildings and water cooling and treatment plants) and the supervision of construction works.

The Um Alhoul QEZ 3 programme is a complex and innovative project which calls on the group’s skills through its My City by Egis offer, proving Egis’ ability to deliver urban development projects internationally.


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13 March 2015


Egis, in association with Systra, to carry out design studies for future metro in Medina, Saudi Arabia

The Medina Metro Development Authority (MMDA) has just awarded Egis, in association with Systra, a contract to carry out the design studies of the future metro network in Medina. The contract relates to three lines (green, blue, red) stretching a total of 95 km, including 25 km underground and 48 km overhead.

The project is part of an ambitious plan initiated over the past few years by Saudi Arabia to develop and modernise its transport infrastructure. As the second holiest city in the country, Medina has to deal with an influx of several million pilgrims each year.

The metro is due to enter into service in 2020, with the project divided up into two distinct phases.


The consortium’s assignments

The consortium will be tasked with carrying out the feasibility studies and the preliminary design for the metro, including the preparation of invitation to tender documentation for “Design and Build” contracts. Over a 12-month period, the project team based in Medina will draw on all of Egis’ expertise required for this huge project: civil engineering, architecture, environment, rolling stock, signalling, telecoms, operating strategy, etc.

This new contract comes as a complementary addition to the metro services provided currently by Egis in the Middle East in the fields of project management and works supervision contracts. Indeed, since 2013, Egis has been in charge of the project management and construction supervision of three lines of the future Riyadh metro, in partnership with Systra and the American firm Parsons. Egis is also active in Qatar on the project management of the Doha metro (civil engineering of its yellow line, civil engineering and equipment of Musheireb and Education City stations), and more recently on the project management of the overhead and ground-level sections of the Doha metro.

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