Quebec consulting engineers win contracts in Africa & Arabian Peninsular
February 22, 2010
By Canadian Consulting Engineer
CIMA International of Montreal has signed a multi-million dollar contract to do a feasibility study of a proje...
CIMA International of Montreal has signed a multi-million dollar contract to do a feasibility study of a project to transfer water from the Ubangi River to Lake Chad. The Ubangi River (sometimes spelled Oubangui) is a major tributary of the Congo River in Central Africa.
The project is unusual because it calls for regional cooperation between the countries in the Congo Basin and the Lake Chad Basin and is required to help counter the drying up the lake. Lake Chad is a vital source of water for millions of people living in the surrounding countries of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria. Dr. Nacer-Eddine Zerrouk is the engineer in charge of the project at CIMA, while vice-president Dr. Hamidou Mamadou Abdou signed the contract on behalf of CIMA International with the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
Dessau has obtained a contract for $38.8 million to conduct a preliminary and final design for a new rail line in Algeria. The electrified double track will run 170 kilometres between the cities of Bordj Bou Arréridj and Thénia in the northeast of Algeria. A consortium of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Turkish partner Ozgun Construction was awarded the project, and chose Dessau to conduct the studies into the operation of a mixed passenger and freight service with trains capable of speeds of up to 160 km/h.
Dessau will also be responsible for designing the engineering works such as bridges, viaducts, and drainage structures, roads, signalling and telecommunications facilities, as well as infrastructure and equipment for electrifying the track.
SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by GASCO (Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd.), to do engineering for a project related to nitrogen and CO2 injection for oil and gas reservoirs in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The contract has an estimated value of over $10 million.