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Besix-led consortium builds flyovers and bridges in the Republic of Gabon

The Design & Build contract was signed on 28 February 2023 between the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure and the consortium composed of Besix, Matiere, and MBB. Once the financing will be finalised, the consortium will be able to start works, which are set to last for 36 months.

The project consists of the design and build of two 200-metre-long flyovers in the capital Libreville which will drastically improve traffic flow. It also comprises the construction of a 200-metre-long steel bridge crossing the Abanga river in Ebel, a city located on the major Transgabonese road. This new bridge will replace the existing one and will alleviate congestion in areas which need good access to the capital for health, education, and economic reasons. Moreover, the project includes four pedestrian bridges in Libreville which will secure pedestrians as they go to schools or markets. Besix will be in charge of all civil works and Matiere, through its Belgian subsidiary MBB, will be in charge of the supply of all the steel structures (Unibridge).

Besix and Matiere have already partnered in the past for the construction of the 'Pont de l'Enfance' bridge and the Mungo bridge in Cameroon (pictured).

Besix is a leading multidisciplinary Belgian group, based in Brussels and operating in 25 countries and on 5 continents, in the construction, real estate development and concessions sectors. Active since 1909, its iconic achievements include Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, Sluishuis, an energy-neutral architectural landmark in Amsterdam, as well as the Grand Egyptian Museum, on the Giza pyramids plateau. Besix has extensive experience in building bridges in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including the Infinity Bridge in Dubai and the Crown Princess Mary bridge in Denmark.

Created in 1932 by Mr. Matiere, the company is managed today by his grandson Philippe Matiere. Since the early 2000s, the company has specialised in the industrialisation of the bridge construction process.

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