The river Congo is exceptional in more ways than one: it is the second longest river in Africa behind the river Nile (4,700 km), it is also in second place (behind the river Amazon) in terms of its flow and river basin, and it irrigates the second largest tropical rainforest in the world.
Waterways, canals and locks
Inland waterway traffic is increasing at a fast rate, and this has driven various States to renovate their ageing installations and open up new waterways. Artelia works on the rehabilitation of numerous structures and the creation of new ones, drawing on its comprehensive set of canal, dam and lock engineering skills. It also studies the various issues connected with approach currents and the operation of large-capacity locks.
The first objective for VNF is to develop a tool adapted to the sustainable management of its network: this tool must provide sufficient data on the state of its structures and thereby enable it to plan and optimise its maintenance policy by ranking the measures to be taken by order of priority.
Burundi is a landlocked country that has no access to the sea, whose only port is that of Bujumbura, located on the north shore of lake Tanganyika.
The renovation of Méricourt dam is part of an action plan launched by VNF to modernise and improve the reliability of river infrastructure in order to enable it to fulfil its role completely, in particular concerning its support and development of commercial navigation.