Tag: Civil

Schools of tomorrow

The public limited company ‘Scholen van Morgen’ builds 182 nursery, primary and secondary schools on the initiative of the Flemish government. In this way, the legacy problem of outdated educational infrastructure in Flanders is being addressed.…

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PSA Panama

In Panama, Jan De Nul is building a new quay wall for the PSA Panamá terminal. Since 2009, Jan De Nul’s civil division has been continuously active in Panama. First for the construction of two new lock complexes within the scope of the Canal…

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Takoradi

In recent years, African countries have been investing a great deal of effort and capital in developing their ports. Some ports already exist for decades but no longer meet today’s requirements as both container ships and bulk carriers have become…

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A11

Back in 2011, Jan De Nul, as frontrunner of the project company that realised the A11, did everything in its power to win the contract for this project. The innovative character of the engineering structures, the aestheticism and fully-fledged integration…

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Kriegers Flak

During 2021, the 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea, will commence the supply of electricity to 600,000 families. Grid Operators, Danish Energinet and German 50 Hertz, will connect the  Kriegers Flak OWF…

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Beatrix Lock

Near Nieuwegein, Jan De Nul is working on the extension of the most important inland navigation lock complexes of the Netherlands. As a member of the consortium Sas Van Vreeswijk, we are offering an overall solution that respects the historical heritage…

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Civil + dredging: a golden combination

Davy Spriet is project manager for the civil works and Dominic De Prins is project manager for the dredging works. Together, they manage the overall project on site. Dominic De Prins explains the construction procedure: “The new quay wall will…

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A curtain of piles

The word ‘wall’ may in fact be misleading. The quay is built on five rows of piles over the 800 metre length on which a 35 metre wide concrete platform is built, consisting of large concrete prefabricated elements placed as tiles onto the…

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30 years of maintenance

The maintenance contract is crucial in this project. You can compare it with the relationship between tenant and landlord. Jan De Nul must maintain everything and carry out all necessary repairs to keep the building in a good state for thirty years.…

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100th school

In December 2016, Jan De Nul delivered the works for primary school De Horizon in Zwevezele, this is the 100th school within the ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ programme. This was celebrated with a ceremonial opening in the presence of Education Minister…

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90% Panamese

All construction equipment, such as trucks and excavators is owned and operated by Jan De Nul, as are the majority of the cranes for the assembly and construction works. Much of the equipment was already in Panama having been used for previous Panama…

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The lock complex in Panama

Apart from the works for the PSA Panamá terminal, Jan De Nul has worked from 2009 up to 2016 on the third set of lock complexes on the Panama Canal. These new locks provide access for post-Panamax ships that can transport 12,000 containers.…

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Public private partnership

‘Scholen van Morgen’ is a public private partnership between partners from the public and private sector joining forces to realise a project with a clear task and risk division. CFO Paul Lievens explains: “Jan De Nul has much experience…

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Thinking along within the framework of the Ghanaian master plan

The project in Takoradi started in 2012; today, it is almost 90% complete. Filip Morobé, Area Director Africa: “What makes this project special, is that there has been no call for tenders. The Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) has…

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Rock expert from the Ardennes

Takoradi is situated in the Gulf of Guinea. Ordinarily waves are 1.5 metres high, but in stormy weather they are another metre higher. To allow safe and continuous working, we first had to restrain the forces of nature. Pascal Dumez, project manager…

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Level foundation under water

The subsoil determines the construction method of a quay wall. In Ghana, it is rocky, which makes it difficult to work with drilled piles. Here, prefabricated concrete blocks offer the best solution. The rock below water acted as foundation after the…

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Prefabricated concrete block in lego style

The total quay wall height is up to 20.7 metres, with at low tide 3.2 metre above and 17.5 metre below water. It is built of 4,000 concrete blocks each of 50 tonnes, all made on site. When stacking the concrete blocks, these are aligned alternately.…

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Everyone has much to gain from project financing

A project such as in Takoradi is very capital-intensive. Governments may well have the vision to expand their ports, often their budgets are inadequate. Mathias Van De Vijver, Financial Manager, explains how Jan De Nul can still realise these projects…

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The workshop, a hive of activity

José Pycke already works twenty years for Jan De Nul and is responsible for the workshop in Aalst. The workshop has 70 employees, spread over several departments, almost half are welders but we also have plenty of machine operators, electricians…

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Concrete in Ghana

For building 600 metres of quay wall, we needed 4,000 concrete blocks or about 100,000 cubic metres of concrete. But Ghana has few concrete batching plants that could reliably meet this demand and quality requirements. That is why Jan De Nul built its…

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New centre in the port of Liege

Sol&Val Monsin is Envisan’s latest asset. This treatment centre is specialised in the treatment of contaminated soils, predominantly from the southeast of Belgium. Together with the centre in Saint-Ghislain – which covers the southwest…

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The project Dac'art

PSR Brownfield Developers, the specialist of Jan De Nul Group for redeveloping brownfields, manages the Dac’Art project but also the civil construction division of Jan De Nul and the Environment Division Envisan have a part to play. “On the…

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Concrete from our own concrete batching plant

For this project, Jan De Nul built its own concrete batching plant on the spot. We had to do this to be able to meet the strict quality requirements of the contract that could be impacted when using local ready-mix concrete suppliers, due to traffic…

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Doing more with less space: not just in Monaco!

Diegem, in the Flemish periphery around Brussels, and on the Brussels – Antwerp axis, is near the national airport of Zaventem. It goes without saying that, in an area of such national and international economic importance, space is scarce and…

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Bridges, tunnels and viaducts

Seen from the air, the whole trajectory of the A11 – from the industrial estate ‘Blauwe Toren’ near Bruges to Westkapelle –looks particularly impressive. Bridges, entry roads and exits and roundabouts form joint interchanges at…

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Project bonds

Long before there was any mention of the engineering structures, the financing plan already showed our sense of innovation. The A11 is a public private partnership or PPP-project. Public partner Via-Invest and private partner Via Bruges each contributed…

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Innovative foundations

“The foundations of some of the engineering structures placed major challenges before us. ”, says Eric Leemans from Soetaert, the foundation expert that in the course of the construction period became part of Jan De Nul Group. The foundation…

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The integral technique makes a complete comeback

Koen Van Regenmortel is particularly proud of the maintenance-friendly application of the integral bridge technology in different places on the track. “Joints are subject to wear, no matter which road surface you use, and require intensive maintenance.…

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Labour intensive job

The construction hasn’t been entirely without challenges. Koen Van Regenmortel, Civil Works Project Manager, supervised the construction works. “We did everything in our power, and more, to speed up the construction and complete the installation…

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