Eiffage signs the contract for the initial earthworks for the new Ariane 6 launch complex in French Guiana
On Thursday 18 June, 2015, at the Paris air show in Le Bourget, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman of the French national space research centre (Centre National d’Études Spatiales - CNES), and Pierre Berger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eiffage, signed the contract for the initial earthworks for the new Ariane 6 (ELA 4) rocket launch complex at the Guiana Space Centre.
The work – to be carried out at a cost of almost €15 million over a 12-month period beginning on 29 June 2015 – concerns the construction of a network of roads and platforms with a combined area of 200,000 square meters. These facilities will enable the operation of special-purpose vehicles designed to transport the various stages of the launcher and related cryogenic rocket fuel tanks.
Ariane 6, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2020, is designed to meet the needs of the market for launching medium-weight (up to 5 t) and heavy satellites (up to 10.5 t) into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
The Eiffage Group has been operating in French Guiana for many years, in particular via the Public Works division and its Clemessy subsidiary, both longstanding partners of the Guiana Space Centre with deep roots in the local economic fabric. In addition to the Group's own teams, Eiffage will employ the services of around ten local companies for this contract. Among other benefits, this contract will offer around 11,000 hours of work to individuals on work integration schemes, including 2,000 hours of training provided by GEIQ BTP in French Guiana, of which Eiffage Travaux Publics is a founder member.