Two-way container ship traffic was impossible on parts of the Suez Canal. A challenging national project to excavate and dredge a new 75 km navigation canal (200 wide, 24 m deep) in an exceptionally short time of 12 months parallel to the existing Suez Canal was announced in August 2014. This is the largest expansion of the Suez Canal since its inauguration; completed in August 2015; a third of the originally estimated time.
Several Egyptian and multinational companies collaborated on this national project to dredge over 240 million m3 and excavate over 200 million m3.
EDECS, the largest earthworks & infrastructures contractor of the 63 construction companies contributed to this project, was responsible for the largest volume of revetment (12 km, main contractor) and dry excavation and dumping of nearly 13 million m3 in addition to the construction of embankment for sedimentation basins of over 10 million m3. Our scope of work includes 10 km of the New Canal revetments (including slopes trimming/leveling, supply & install geotextile, install rock protection layers of 130 cm thickness) in addition to construction of 43 reinforced concrete bollard bases along the New Canal.
Additionally, EDECS’s scope of work included 21.5 km of road works that included excavation and levelling works of 3.5 million m3, 1.4 million m3 of backfilling, road surface construction, supply and installation of subbase and base courses layers.
Significant rate of execution of more than 50,000 m3 of soil excavation and transportation per day was achieved by
EDECS; an achievement that earned EDECS to be at the top of the honor list of the participated civil companies.