Tractebel has been present in Africa since the beginning of the 1950s, backed by extensive international expertise from Coyne et Bellier (France) and Lahmeyer International and GKW Consult (Germany). Our specialists have planned, designed and managed the studies and construction of the most complex hydropower projects across the continent, as well as large scale irrigation schemes, water supply, sanitation and special hydraulic structures. Important African wind and solar farms, thermal power plants, gas infrastructures and electrical systems have also been implemented with the support of Tractebel and its affiliates. At the helm of the energy transition, we are able to examine all the interactions between the energy system’s components and stakeholders across the entire value chain.
Recent projects in Africa include the colossal 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance HPP (Ethiopia), the 2,067 MW Laúca HPP (Angola), the 240 MW Kaléta HPP (Guinea), the 500 MW Noor CSP (Morocco), the rehabilitation of the 2,000 MW Kariba HPP (Zambia) and of the 760 MW Kainji HPP (Nigeria), the 158 MW Taiba D’Diaye Wind Farm (Senegal), the ±500 kV DC transmission line that extends over 1,000 km (Kenya-Ethiopia), the water and sanitation upgrading programme for the towns of Kigoma, Lindi and Sumbawanga (Tanzania) and the Casablanca City Tower (Morocco).
The history of Tractebel in Africa is connected to the history of three leading international engineering companies: Coyne et Bellier, Lahmeyer International and GKW Consult.
Coyne et Bellier is a French engineering consultancy company founded in 1947 and acquired by Tractebel in 1986. The company become active in Africa in 1949, for the studies of the Meffrouch dam in Algeria. In the 50s, Coyne et Bellier began to work in RDC (Koni dam), Morocco (Aït Ouarda, Bin El Ouidane), Guinea (Grandes Chutes), Zimbabwe and other countries. Since then, the company has been involved in projects across the continent by forging links and fully understanding clients and partners to carry out tailor-made and sustainable projects.
Every project gives us the opportunity to promote innovative techniques (e.g. the Kariba dam in Zimbabwe/Zambia, completed in 1959 and the first large arch in a wide valley – H=128). One of the key focuses of the company is to propose structuring and global schemes for the development of rivers (Konkouré River in Guinea with Grandes-Chutes (1953), Garafiri (1999), Kaléta (2016) and Souapiti today or Blue Nile River in Ethiopia with Gibe III – the highest dam in Africa – Grand Renaissance and Koysha). Our involvement in Africa is also linked to tunnels (Algeria), railways and outstanding structures.
Lahmeyer International is a German engineering consultancy company founded in 1890 and acquired by Tractebel in 2014. Africa has been a focus for Lahmeyer for more than 45 years. The company is currently involved in the largest ongoing infrastructure projects on the continent. Lahmeyer’s successful solutions to complex technical tasks are based on decades of experience in extensive infrastructure projects in Africa and around the world. Our first projects in Africa were transmission and distribution, hydropower and infrastructure projects completed in the 1960s.
GKW Consult is among the top international independent consultants for environmental engineering, with particular activity in the fields of water supply, wastewater treatment and disposal, solid waste management, regional development and management advice. The company has been active in the water sector in Africa for more than 50 years; 60% of its global turnover comes from the continent.