MONTREAL, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is proud to announce that the Linéov Group, a consortium consisting of SNC-Lavalin, Algoé and Transamo, has been awarded a project management assistance contract by the Société du Grand Paris (SGP) for both the supervision of the construction and operations of Line 18 of the Grand Paris Express transportation network.
Some 36 kilometres long, Grand Paris Line 18 will link Orly Airport with the city of Versailles. It will include 10 stations, three of them air terminals, within a larger 200-kilometre, 68-station network. With commissioning planned initially for 2024, and the second phase occurring in 2030, Line 18 will offer a connection to Orly Airport, as well as interconnections with Lines B and C of the regional fast-transit system (Réseau Express Régional or RER).
Under this contract, SNC-Lavalin will advise SGP on project management as well as overseeing all the contractors and suppliers involved in the Line 18 project. With 14 kilometres of viaduct line and substantial technical, environmental and heritage constraints, SNC-Lavalin will leverage the expertise it has already acquired both on the international stage and on major transportation projects in France, such as the Reims and Orléans tramways, the LGV Est rapid transit line, and the Puy-de-Dôme cog railway.
As an ancillary service for SGP, SNC-Lavalin will also carry out a pre-project audit for the southern extension of Line 14 of the Paris metro, to be built by RATP and Aéroports de Paris, co-principals in this project with SGP.
"We are very proud to be participating in the largest public transit project ever launched in France," said Eric Gratton, Vice-President, Cities & Transport, SNC-Lavalin. "This contract will reinforce our expertise in the development of mass transit networks, particularly in Île-de-France, where SNC-Lavalin is already serving as project manager for the Tangentielle Ouest tram-train system and general coordinator for the extension of tramway Line T3 to northern Paris."
"We are very happy to play a key role in this monumental project that is vital to France's transportation network," said Marc Rivard, Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Engineering, SNC-Lavalin. "Once operational, the Grand Paris Line 18 will offer commuters a wide range of time-saving travel options in and around Paris and Orly while providing countless environmental benefits.
"We are very pleased to participate in this project's steering committee, to coordinate the many players as well as lead the interface management," said Bruno Payre, Director of Transport at Algoé. "Our collaborators are very enthusiastic at the idea of taking part in this project over the next 17 years until Line 18 is operational."
In France, over 1,200 SNC-Lavalin collaborators are coaching public authorities on infrastructure projects in transportation, as with the Avignon tramway; in health, as with the university cancer institute in Toulouse and the Ajaccio hospital; and in the construction of sports and cultural facilities, digital equipment, and industrial and agri-food facilities. The Group is also involved in airport management, with 17 airports managed by SNC-Lavalin, 16 of them in France.
The Grand Paris Line 18 is one of many large scale public transit projects SNC-Lavalin has worked on abroad and in Canada, including the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Line in Australia, the new metro line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Canada Line in Vancouver, and the Confederation Line in Ottawa.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices in over 50 countries, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power. SNC-Lavalin can also combine these services with its financing and operations and maintenance capabilities to provide complete end-to-end project solutions. www.snclavalin.com
Algoé is a management consulting firm with 200 employees offering services to both public and private sector clients. The company specializes in organizational structures, HR, and project management and development. Founded in 1959, Algoé is an independent firm with no ties to any engineering, construction or consulting engineering companies.
A subsidiary of Transdev, one of the world's leading public transportation companies, and STIB, operator of the Brussels public transit system, Transamo provides owner assistance services for transportation projects, from upstream consulting through to commissioning and beyond. Transamo is a benchmark player in delegated urban transit project management (tramways, bus rapid transit or BRT, etc.). Over the last 20 years, Transamo has contributed to the construction of more than 200 km of reserved public transit lanes, including the tramways in Orléans, Montpellier, Le Mans, Angers and Tours, as well as the BRT line in Metz (METTIS). With revenues of €10 million, Transamo has about 70 employees, including engineers, economists, project management consultants and urban planners.
For further information: Media Contact: SNC-Lavalin: Louis-Antoine Paquin, Tel. : (514) 393-8000, ext. 54771, [email protected]; Algoé: Joel Mathias, Tel. : +33 (0)6 09 25 90 27, [email protected]; Transamo: Sophie Geng, Tel. : +33 (0)22.214.171.124.68, [email protected]