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July 15, 2016
Jan Metzler, Member of Parliament – Press Release
Development Cooperation “Made in Rheinhessen“
“HYDROPLAN” from Worms invited to Parliament for talks
Berlin/Worms. Water Management, Solid Waste Disposal, Infrastructure Know-How for development projects on a global scale and all “Made in Rheinhessen”. Enough reason for Jan Metzler to invite the development experts from the engineering company “HYDROPLAN” from Worms to Berlin for talks with Members of Parliament and Authorities.
The family-owned company HYDROPLAN from Worms is one of the leading engineering companies in the development cooperation sector and operates on an international level. The company employs experts in solid waste disposal, water management, environmental technology, and infrastructure, who have many decades of experience, and who have been involved in approximately 1000 Projects in more than 100 countries up to now. A clear conclusion for Metzler, “This is Development Know-How made in Rheinhessen”, something he already learned during his visit at HYDROPLAN last year.
However, the talks back then revealed that the development project sector had some obstacles up its sleeve – in particular for sector representatives, such as HYDROPLAN. “Especially because our company is managed independently and privately – in an international comparison – we simply do not have the possibility to advert to difficulties in the Project Awarding Process”, as HYDROPLAN’s Chairman and Managing Director, Alois Lieth, summarizes the situation. Enough reason for Metzler to invite HYDROPLAN to Berlin in order to bring them into talks with Members of Parliament and Authorities and to campaign for the interests of German medium-sized engineering companies at international awarding institutions.
Thus, now, the Managing Directors, Alois Lieth and Dr. Sabine Lieth, and the Commercial Director, Frank Rogalla, had the chance in Berlin to compare notes with Metzler and his Fellow Member of Parliament and Development Aid Expert, Charles Huber. Huber knows a lot of things about the trade and campaigns in particular for a tighter cooperation between Germany and many African countries and keeps excellent contacts in the region.
Furthermore, Metzler accompanied HYDROPLAN’s delegation to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. There, they spoke to representatives of the newly-founded Agency for Economy and Development, which serves as a contact institution for medium-sized companies, which want to make business ideas come true in development- and emerging countries.
February 8, 2016
Hydroplan signed a Contract for a Technical Assistance project for the support of maritime affaires, ports, beacons and buoys on the islands of Wallis and Fortuna located in the Pacific Ocean.
The project started at the beginning of February 2016. After the starting phase, the projet will last for 18 months. The project is financed by the European Union.
January 13, 2016
HYDROPLAN signed a Contract for the preparation of Feasibility Studies and Detailed Designs of Water Supply Systems in the towns of Sulukta and Kerben (about 50,000 inhabitants with the Community) with the Development and Investment Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The scope of services is (a) carrying out an analysis of the existing water supply systems, (b) develop a concept and a feasibility study for the rehabilitation and expansion of water supply systems to achieve a 100 % coverage of the population of the two towns, (c) prepare preliminary designs and outline the investments, (d) prepare detailed engineering designs for prioritized investments of US$ 4 million. The Project is financed by the World Bank. The services started successfully in the field and will be implemented by July 2016.
December 31, 2015
HYDROPLAN completed the Public-Private-Partnership Project in Palestine supported by the DEG – a compost project after training the Joint Service Counsel (JSC) Employees, and the private company (Dura) in manufacturing organic compost from the input material available on the local market.
The C/N ratio in the different mixtures, the moisture ratio, turning periods, and the laboratory experimental parameters such as, CO₂, and pH were analyzed and observed. HYDROPLAN financed and organized the purchase of equipment and local staff and supported the project providing the general management and knowhow to implement such a project. The handing-over of the facilities took place in December 2014. Currently, after 1 year of operation, the plant manufactures up to 40,000 tons per year of high quality compost form animal manure and the remnants of plants according to the specifications and standards following international standards.
December 13, 2015
Based on the successful completion of the PPP project in Palestine, HYDROPLAN is proud to report on a similar Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project in the Kingdom of Jordan.
The project was inaugurated during a workshop with all stakeholders in Amman, Jordan. During the workshop, presentations were given by the Consultant (e.g. the Chairman of HYDROPLAN) to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Greater Amman Municipality, the Environment Police, and the private sector. The discussion and the inquiries were highly interactive. The project is financially supported by HYDROPLAN and the DEG. One major project objective is the creation of working places for refugees in the area. The project started smoothly as scheduled, and the equipment and tools such as the turner and the tools for the examination have been ordered already. In addition, the site which is to host the facility was identified and has been prepared and handed over to the project. It is expected to start the experimental tests at the end of February/beginning of March 2016.
HYDROPLAN finalized a Feasibility Study for a development area of the Fagubine region.
For almost 100 years, the Faguibine region has excerted a veritable attraction on minds. Numerous and varying extension projects were established there; some of them motivated by the hope for industrial agricultural speculations, others aiming to remedy the poverty of the riparian populations, to eliminate the economic instability, and to render the nomads sedentary; sometimes by advocating a total control of the hydraulic conditions and by the transformation of agronomic methods via the introduction of irrigated plots; sometimes by limiting themselves to smaller individual interventions momentarily curing certain extreme consequences of the variations in water programmes. In the majority of these cases, the lack of serious scientific information and the ignorance even of certain essential data on the particular problem of the region have reduced the suitability and the feasibility of studies that were conducted.
In parallel, apart from the insecurity problems and the lack of social peace, the situation of the Faguibine zone continues in deteriorating via the following momenta:
- More extreme and longer dry periods and weak flooding under the prospective scientific hypothesis of the climate change.
- Impoverishment, food insecurity, and consecutive rural exodus.
- Deterioration of the living environment and of the vegetal animal and patrimonial natural resources.
Since its creation in January 2006, the “Office pour la Mise en Valeur du Système Faguibine” (OMVF), with which HYDROPLAN Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH had signed an according Contract for the execution of the above-mentioned Feasibility Study, has launched and run a Programme for the curing of the hydraulic network and the cleaning and the freeing of the canals from bulky stuff and various obstacles as well as selective actions to protect the banks, to fix the dunes, to plant trees and to construct sand roads. This Programme was financed from resources of the national budget. The assignment: “Technical Assistance to UNOPS” and a recent assignment prefinanced by the Norwegian Embassy were also part of this Programme. The Feasibility study which HYDROPLAN had conducted (including the surveying works in the area) was financed by the Kingdom of Norway.
Hydroplan is reporting on the successful completion of Consultancy Services for the Multinational Feasibility Study for Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia for the Navigability of the Shire-Zambezi Waterways.
The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the provision of an efficient transport system, with affordable costs and reliable modes for the countries sharing the Lower Zambezi River Basin namely: Malawi and Mozambique by reopening up the Shire and Zambezi Rivers for navigation towards the Indian Ocean.
HYDROPLAN undertook a detailed feasibility study on the reopening of the Shire and Zambezi rivers for navigation in order to demonstrate its technical, economic, financial, social and environmental viability and sustainability with the specific objectives. For the study, extensive field works and investigations have been completed and as set forth in the MOU signed by the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique and the Republic of Zambia, HYDROPLAN collected unique data on the hydrographical and hydrological systems to the highest possible extent and to prepare detailed technical planning parameters on the basis of the results of the field surveys and laboratory works conducted.
HYDROPLAN investigated the traffic options on the existing transport corridors and assessed their potentials and limitations to service the transport demands of Malawi and Zambia, by studying and working out the forecast for regional and international transport volumes which includes a profound market analysis for traded goods to be transported on the main corridors to the entry/exit ports not only on the Indian Ocean, but also on the Atlantic Ocean, which is important not only for the Malawian, but also for the Zambian economy. In this context, the Consultant identified the goods that the inland port of Nsanje could handle as Zambian goods in transit going to/coming from Mozambican ports situated on the Indian Ocean.
HYDROPLAN provided the Governments of the three countries with recommendations on strategies to be applied, and measures to be undertaken in order to develop and to coordinate the use of the waterway to achieve the objectives in an ecologically, environmentally, and economically sustainable manner, and provide transport solutions depending on realistic alternative scenarios.
With the signed MOU, the three participating nations agreed to implement the recommendations of the pre-feasibility study which HYDROPLAN had prepared earlier.
During several workshops, the result of the investigation and the studies had been presented and discussed. The Final Report was prepared in November 2015 after 2 years of intensive activities. The Final Report had been approved by the Governments of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia by the end of 2015. The project is financed by the African Development Bank.
November 21, 2015
HYDROPLAN signed an Engineering Consultancy Contract with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the Design Review and Construction Supervision of Immediate Mitigation Works.
The scope of the works will be undertaken in respect of the works for the:
- Rehabilitation of bridges and associated river defense works at the Union River Bridge along Windward Highway, Yambou, Teviot et Zenga bridges along the Vigie Highway.
- Road rehabilitation works.
The Project is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank. The project duration is scheduled to be 18 months ending in August 2017.