Jean-Pierre Clamadieu becomes Engie’s new president

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu has just been appointed as new Chairman of Engie’s Board of Directors. The decision was taken on Friday, May 18 during the General Shareholders’ Meeting which also marked the end of Gérard Mestrallet’s term as Chairman of the Board and was appointed as Chairman of Honour of the Group.

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, 59, a former graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, said: “I am proud to succeed Gérard Mestrallet, who dedicated 23 years to make Engie a key international energy and services Group. »

The French group Engie, whose state owns 24.1% of the capital, is today the 3rd largest group in the world in the energy sector (excluding oil) with more than 66 billion euros of C.A.

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Extraordinary mining equipment transport in Kenya

The Bolloré Logistics Industrial Projects team in Kenya was contracted by a mining company Base Titanium Limited to provide customs clearance and Out of Gauge transportation for a massive piece of mining equipment from the port of Mombasa to the client’s site in Kwale, located approximately 53 km. Due to the size, the Projects Team formulated a Local Execution Plan to transport the 17-meter long and 6-meter wide equipment.

This plan involved a barge operation including crossing the Mombasa Island through Kilindini Harbour to Likoni, at the southern end of island from where the cargo would be transported by road. The equipment was discharged directly from the vessel onto a heavy-duty modular trailer already positioned on the barge. Due to the weight of the cargo , the barge was staged for 48 hours awaiting high tide to table the unloading of cargo. Afterwards a  dedicated ferry from the Kenya Ferry Services was used to tow the barge across the harbour to the Likoni side, followed by a transport by road.

On the site, the team used a combination of Enerpac and Hydraulic Jacks to lift the cargo and steel beams for support to securely offload the cargo.

A team of 20 Bolloré Logistics staff were involved during the actual operation.

Port of Dover chooses Konecranes for new Cargo Terminal

In March, Konecranes was selected to supply two Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor cranes for the Port of Dover’s new cargo facilities as part of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. The Model 5 mobile harbor cranes, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 125 t and an outreach of up to 51 m, operate with a hybrid drive technology that reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions while reducing noise pollution at the port. They will be used to handle mainly containers and palletised fruit on the new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The DWDR is the largest single investment ever made by the Port of Dover and will ultimately be a very important instrument to cope with the constant increase in port traffic in the UK.

Mammoet won a contract for Kuwait’s $4,3bn airport construction project

The Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has just contracted Mammoet to carry out the transport and installation of 804 concrete elements for a new $4,3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

This state-of-the-art terminal should expand the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf, increasing passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Mammoet’s task will be to install all the concrete elements of the terminal’s main structure, weighing between 200 and 360t. To complete the operations, Mammoet will use nine crawler cranes with capacities from 600 to 1600t and 72 axle lines of SPMT.

Cometto heading to space

Cometto (Faymonville Group) has just delivered a self-propelled electric trailer type EMT 4/4 to Europropulsion S.A, a company specializing in civil space activities, in French Guyana.

The project has been concluded in partnership with the Italian company Bisiach e Carrù SpA, one of the leaders in robotic activities. They were in charge of the horizontal assembly of the igniter and the nozzle of P120C (auxiliary solid rocket motor of Ariane 6 and the first stage of the Vega C launcher currently in development). The selected vehicle, a 4-axle self-propelled transporter with a load capacity of 40 tonnes, is designed on the basis of a standard unit of the EMT series, fully electric modular platforms for on-site heavy logistics. One of its main features is the hydraulic parallel-lifting system and the floating spheres support system with hydraulic centering system. 

The EMT 4/4 is equipped with an optical automatic guidance system with an infra-red cameras: the EMT series from Cometto can thus be controlled by remote control or with a self-driving AGV system.

Subsidiary of the Italian Avio and the French Arianegroup, Europropulsion S.A.  illustrates the cooperation of the two countries on civil space activities and ensures the development and production of large solid propellant rocket motors for the European launchers Ariane and Vega under the ESA (European Space Agency ) management with French and Italian funding.

Vertikal Days opens tomorrow

The largest lifting equipment event for the UK and Ireland will open its doors tomorrow, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The 12th annual Vertikal Days, organised by our colleague Leigh Sparrow and his team, is a two day networking event for the access and lifting industry, with association and company meetings, seminars and workshops. 

Aertssen Kranen expands its fleet with two Liebherr LTC 1050-3

In order to cope with the rising demand for compact cranes, the Belgian lifting specialist Aertssen Kranen has just acquired two Liebherr LTC 1050-3 mobile cranes. Equipped with a 36m main boom and a maximum load capacity of 50t, both machines have a compact construction and the ability to move the boom with its load. In addition, the operator’s cabin can be lifted to enhance visibility on the lifting activities. Delivered at the beginning of May, the two mobile cranes will be mainly used for handling operations, installation of overhead cranes as well as activities of the petrochemical industry.

Total and Sonatrach strengthen their cooperation

The French group Total and the Algerian state-owned hydrocarbon company Sonatrach have just signed an agreement to launch the engineering studies planned for this summer for a petrochemical project in Arzew (located in western Algeria). This project will include a propane dehydrogenation unit (PDH) and a polypropylene (PP) production unit with an output capacity of 550,000 tons per year and an investment of approximately $ 1.4 billion for the two partners. It will be used to transform propane into polypropylene, a type of plastic whose demand is rising strongly.

The first stone of the future multi-functional terminal port of Damietta in Egypt

This future multipurpose terminal is expected to be completed within 18 months of the start of construction and will cost approximately $ 73.6 million. It will include a long mooring area of 630m for a depth of 17 meters and an area of 75,000m2.The port will generate an increase in trade volume of 4 million tonnes / year and revenues of € 7.39 million / year. The terminal will reduce vessel waiting times and increase the volume of bulk cargo handled, particularly grain.

Lunch by the transport minister Hisham Arafat, the oil minister Tarek El Mulla and the president of the Port Authority of Damietta Ayman Saleh, the terminal is part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to develop the port system.

Pictures: ©Damietta port authority

Oil&Gas exports are doing well in Algeria

A report of the Algerian Central Bank indicates that revenues from oil and gas exports increased by 18.42% in 2017 compared to 2016 reaching $ 33.06 billion.

A report of the Algerian Central Bank indicates that revenues from oil and gas exports increased by 18.42% in 2017 compared to 2016 reaching $ 33.06 billion.

This growth has been favored by the increase in oil prices since the 2014 crisis.

However, the volume of oil and gas exports fell by 2.88% or 108.48 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe).

This increase in energy revenues has reduced the Algerian trade deficit by 28.9% or $ 14.33 billion.