Progress of the EPR Project in Ivory Coast
Started 16 months ago, the ERP project to build 11 Unibridge® steel deck bridges in Côte d’Ivoire is continuing. The implementation rate of the project is now 68%
(57% for the Civil Engineering lot and 75% for the Metal lot).
These new mixed structures are intended to open up secondary routes and to promote the economic development of the different regions of Côte d’Ivoire.
Nine out of 11 projects have started and 2 have already been delivered. In total, 6 metal structures were launched, 8 were delivered on site and the 9th (0A11 – Gragbazo) left the Creusot plant at the end of July.
The RPE project is a real challenge, among which we can mention:
- The challenge related to the achievement of civil engineering given geographical distances: 1/2 day to 1, 5 days to reach the sites by car from Abidjan;
- The consequent logistical constraints that also affect our subcontractors for the delivery of equipment and materials on site;
- The periods of rain that slow down the construction of the structures.
We can also highlight some important events:
- The inauguration of the N’Denou OA4 on April 12 in the presence of the Minister of Equipment and Road Maintenance and the Ambassador of France.
- The launching of the Bambalouma OA9, which is the longest of the 11 structures with its 4 spans of 34.20 m, a total length of 136.8 m. The project lasted 10 months and, on this occasion, the company achieved its launching record.
- The finalization in a record time of 6 months of the OA3 site of Bodokro in the center of the country by one of our subcontractors. The construction started on January 9 and ended on June 3, 2019.
This demonstrates the interest in terms of time to use a solution bridge metal Unibridge® type compared to a concrete structure that would have required at least 2 months and a half more for a single span (40% of time) more). In addition, this would have required the use of prestressing to ensure maximum strength.