DEME Wins Blue Gate Antwerp Development Project

The City of Antwerp, Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen (PMV) and Waterwegen en Zeekanaal (W&Z) have awarded the Blue O’pen consortium the PPP tender to carry out the remediation, redevelopment and commercialization of the historically polluted Petroleum Zuid site.

Blue O’pen consortium comprises the environmental and marine engineering group DEME and real estate and sustainability specialist Bopro.

They will join a public-private partnership (PPP) converting the last urban wasteland at the southern edge of Antwerp into a top location for eco-innovation.

Blue Gate Antwerp is a brownfield site located along the River Scheldt being redeveloped into a high-quality and water-bound corporate zone. The wasteland of 63 ha is located between the new Antwerp Court and the Hobokense Polder, close to Antwerp South.

On the historically highly polluted area various types of pollution will be eliminated, such as mineral oils, PAK’s and heavy metals. At the same time Dredging International (DI), DEME subsidiary, will start the works on the infrastructure for the new corporate zone, whereby the site will be raised.

Alain Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of DEME comments: “This new cooperation fits into DEME’s strong cooperation strategy whereby, together with our partners, we search for a balanced relationship when approaching complex projects. For DEME, Blue Gate Antwerp is a key reference project in the home market and it confirms that our company is a reliable and experienced party and highlights our broad ranging capabilities to clients worldwide.

In parallel with the remediation and infrastructure works, DEME’s consortium partner Bopro will start the sustainability direction and the marketing of Blue Gate Antwerp.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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