Seine-Nord Europe Canal Company

Learn more about the Seine-Nord Europe Canal

What is the Seine-Nord Europe Canal? What are its objectives and its ambition at the heart of the Region, France and Europe? 

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Technical, hydraulic and environmental design studies, soil studies (geotechnics, pollution), preventive archaeology, land acquisitions, regulatory authorizations, environmental developments, construction of the Canal, its structures and its equipment, etc. the construction of the Seine-Nord Europe Canal includes numerous technical and regulatory stages.

Project schedule

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From feasibility studies to commissioning, a major project includes 5 main stages:

  • Preliminary studies (EP) then Summary Preliminary Project (APS) confront the environmental and technical issues in order to gradually define (according to the logic "avoid-reduce-compensate") first a passage zone (1 to 3 km wide at EP level) then a reference route within a strip approximately 500 meters wide (at APS level) that meets the performance objectives of the infrastructure program; the studies define a provisional financial envelope. They are the basis of the inquiry prior to the declaration of public utility.
  • Pre-project studies (AVP) decide on the infrastructure program and detail the main components of the project (structures and equipment). They feed into the Environmental Authorization procedure.
  • Project studies (PRO) describe the works and work to be carried out in great detail. They lead to the drafting of business consultation files for carrying out the work.
  • Preparatory work aim to release the rights of way (punctual deforestation, diversion of networks, etc.)
  • Infrastructure works correspond to the concrete realization of the project.

The route of the Canal Seine-Nord Europe was divided into 6 technical sectors each responding to a specific schedule.

Infrastructure work will start in 2022 in sector 1 (Compiègne-Passel) and in 2024 and 2025 in sectors 2,3 and 4, locks and the Somme Canal Bridge. This construction phase concerns:

  • operations of earthwork and digging of the channel,
  • the construction of works,
  • the restoration of lanes,
  • the phase of filling.

Sector 1

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Sectors 2, 3 and 4

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Sectors 5 and 6

Sector 5, which corresponds to the sector dedicated to locks, will see its first works begin in 2024.

As for sector 6 dedicated to Somme Canal Bridge, work will begin in 2025.

Commissioning is scheduled for 2030, after a campaign of checks and tests lasting approximately 6 months.

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