VNF – Seine Nord Europe Canal – Nord Pas de Calais - Project Profile

VNF – Seine Nord Europe Canal – Nord Pas de Calais - Project Profile


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Voies Navigable De France (VNF) is undertaking the development of Seine Nord Europe Canal between Oise (Compiègne) and le canal Dunkerque-Escaut (Cambrai), France.

The project involves the construction of a 107km long canal with 54m width and 4.5m depth, six water locks, three canal bridges, 61 roads and rail bridges, two loading docks, 1 water reservoir, four platforms, five grain docks, access roads and other related facilities.

The project will be constructed on a 2,450ha of land and features the construction of two railway bridges at Creil-Jeumont (Pont-L'Evêque) and Amiens (Nesle).

The project will be developed in two phases between 2017-2020 and 2020-2023 years.

In 2011 the tender for the construction contract was issued and in 2012, Bouygues Constructions and Vinci-Eiffage consortium were selected as preferred bidders. Later Bouygues itself withdrawn from the project as the project is not profitable.

The project was planned to be executed in Public Private Partnership model with a cost of 7 billion Euros. However in the fourth quarter of 2013 the French Government reconfigured the project and reduced to cost to 4.5 billion Euros.

As per the reconfigured plan the financial investment will be shared between the France Government US$1,925 million, the European Union US$2,038 million, the Regions Ile-de-France US$226 million, Nord Pas-de-Calais US$249 million Picardie US$91 million, the Departments Nord US$226 millions, Pas-de-Calais US$147 million, Oise US$113 millions and Somme US$79 millions.

June 2014, VNF launched a tender for the project management contract.

December 2014, The Ministry of Transport is planning to create a new company to complete the funding for the project.

In February 2015, the Governments of France applied for the funding from the European Union (EU) and the Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais and Somme administrative departments signed a commitment agreement to finance the project.

On May 7, 2015, VNF board of directors selected a consortium of SETEC and Royal Haskoning for the project management contract.

On June 19, 2015, the project management contract was awarded to the consortium of Setec and Royal Haskoning with the contract value of US$91 million. The consortium is responsible for detailed studies, project management, assistance in the tender process and project implementation over 12 years.

On July 10, 2015, the European Commission approved the US$1,083 million fund to finance the first phase construction between 2017-2020.

In April 2016, a meeting was held to create the Société du canal Seine-Nord Europe company to undertake the project development.

An agreement on a financial draft protocol was completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The project is in the process acquiring funds through public entities and the construction works are expected to start by fourth quarter of 2017.

As on April 5, 2017, The french president arrives at the venue and officially launched the project Canal Seine-Nord Europe.

Construction activities will start in 2019 and is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2024.


The project involves the construction of the 107km long canal between Oise (Compiègne) and le canal Dunkerque-Escaut (Cambrai) in France.

The US$5,094 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a 107km long canal with 54m width and 4.5m depth

2. Construction of seven water locks

3. Construction of three canal bridges

4. Construction of 61 road and rail bridges

5. Construction of two loading docks

6. Construction of a water reservoir

7. Construction of four platforms

8. Construction of five grain docks

9. Construction of access roads

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