Today Africa needs, more than ever before, environmentally friendly energy and sustainable urban projects in order to face and accompany its demographic and economic growth.
Present in Africa for more than 70 years, Tractebel benefits from the international know-how of Coyne et Bellier (France), 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 irrigation, water supply, large-scale sanitation and special hydraulic structures. Major wind and photovoltaic farms, nuclear and thermal power plants, gas infrastructure and electrical systems have also been deployed in Africa with the help of Tractebel and its subsidiaries.
Our ambition is to support the development of African countries by relying on local expertise through our locations in the countries where we are present to be as close as possible to our customers, both private and public.
Find below our 70 years of history in Africa.
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 able to listen and forge strong links with its clients and partners in order 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 Grand Renaissance). 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.
They 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), the Casablanca City Tower (Morocco) and the Owner's Engineering support services for Koeberg nuclear power plant (South Africa).