Ivory Coast: The first stone of the EPR project
On April 30, 2018, the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Mr. Amadou Gon Koulibaly, as well as Mr. Amede Koffi Kouakou, Minister of Economic Infrastructure, proceeded to the ceremony of laying the foundation stone on the site of Bassehoa in the part of the project to build 11 metal structures such as Unibridge®.
The EPR project in Ivory Coast consists of the construction of 11 bridges spread throughout the country to allow opening up and economic development. It is the culmination of a multi-year project initiated in 2014 and entirely supported by Matière®, which is its agent.
It will last 24 months and consists of two lots:
– Lot 1: Civil Engineering;
– Lot 2: Supply of the metallic structures
To lead this project, Matière® opened an agency in Ivory Coast and recruited a project manager and construction managers. Civil engineering was subcontracted to two companies in Abidjan: Franzetti (in charge of 6 structures) and NGE (in charge of 5 structures).
The metal frames are manufactured in the factories of Bagnac-sur-Célé and Le Creusot. These are Unibridge® decks with metal deck whose lengths vary from 1 span of 34.2 m to 4 spans of 34.2 m.
After the completion of the various pre-requisite upstream studies (Hydrology, Geotechnics, Environment …), the civil engineering companies deployed on the first two sites at the end of May and undertook the realization of the foundations of the supports of the Kongolo and N’Denou structures.
The first two steel structures left the Bagnac-sur-Célé plant at the end of May and the end of June and the first was delivered at the end of July at the Kongolo site.