Abidjan metro: Here we go !

On November 30, the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara and the French President Emmanuel Macron have launched Abidjan Metro at the Treichville station. This construction is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs and in the long term, the transport of nearly 300,000 people per day which should help to solve problems of traffic jams that strongly penalize the Ivorian economy. The estimated financing of around 920 billion CFA francs (1.4 billion euros) was fully financed by a French loan released in mid-July. This “surface” metro should be put into service in 2021 on a North-South axis passing through neighborhoods Abobo, Adjané, Treichville and Fort Bouët as well as the administrative and economic Plateau.The works will be executed by a consortium of Bouygues (civil engineering), Keolis (Exploitation) and Alstom (5 rolling stock).


Photo : Emmanuel Macron – ©Rex Shutterstock

United Kingdom : Eiffage and Kier carried on with the railway high speed project

The High Speed Two project involves the construction of a high-speed railway grid between London and the Midlands. On Monday, January 22, Eiffage and Kier groups announced they pursued the contracts from the Carillion company, wound-up since last January 15. Both companies specialized in Construction and Industry will be in charge of two out of the seven civil engineering works of the project. The C2 relates to the construction of a line from the north portal of the Chiltern tunnels until Brackley, in the south-east of England. The C3 includes the construction of another line from Brackley to the south portal of the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel. Eiffage and Kier will work it together in a joint-venture to complete the earthmoving works and engineering structures in a 80 km railway zone. The project should last between four and five years, and cost about 1,6 billion euros.

Vinci wins a new contract in Morocco

Vinci has just won a 284 million Euros contract to build the Abdelmoumen pumped storage hydroelectric plant situated 70 km from Agadir. This project is a part of the plan to develop and integrate renewable energies in Morocco. With this technique , energy is stored in hydraulic form, a hydroelectric plant of 350 MW will be built along the penstock between the two reservoirs.

The civil engineering works to be carried out by Vinci Construction include earthworks for two reservoirs, excavation for the powerhouse to be embedded in the slope, and installation of the penstock pipe over a distance of 3 km, including 1 km underground. New roads will be built and several others will be refurbished to provide access to the facilities both during construction and during operation of the future site. The electromechanical equipment, for which Andritz Hydro is responsible, includes two 175 MW Francis turbines specially developed in the company’s laboratory and a high voltage substation.

A total of 840 people will be recruited for the 48-month project, including 780 to be hired locally.

Žilina’s motorway by-pass opened in Slovakia

The new motorway by-pass of the D3 around Žilina (in northern Slovakia), which is part of the European multimodal corridor, is now opened to traffic. The trunk road linking Strážov to Brodno is incorporated to this highway. It  is located between Hričovské Podhradie in the west of Žilina, close to the Czech border, to the Polish border. It must ensure liaison between the capital, Slovakia’s southwest and Poland. This project aimed at gradually rounding off the D3 highway, improving national and international transport conditions and increase flow, velocity and safety of the road transport. One of its special features is the 1500 meters-long raised trunk road of which the sub-structure is based on 57 pillars, set up in the Hričov dam. A dedicated road has been built this way to access to the water tank, where it was necessary to control and continuously assess the water level. Tasks have been jointly defined by Eurovia CS and Eurovia SK, which are part of the Vinci’s Eurovia division.

Order of three MacGregor linkspan facilities signed by Bouygues Travaux Publics

The MacGregor company, part of Cargotec, concluded an order of three linkspan with Bouygues Travaux Publics, booked into the third quarter 2017 of the Finnish group and which will be done in 2020. The manufacturer will be in charge of the design, fabrication and installation of three floating linkspan. They will be engineered around 1500 tons of structure steel and will serve to streamline the traffic in Calais, regarded as the most frequent RoRo hub in the world. Relations between MacGregor and Bouygues are good, as « we delivered two linkspan in Morocco in 2009, and we have been involved in Garden Bridge Project in London », says Michel Van Roozendaal, President of MacGregor.