Annual Report 2022
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Last year's volatility and unpredictability urged countries worldwide towards greater independence. The focus on renewable energy increased immensely, causing the energy transition to now really take place with priority. At Jan De Nul, we work on building a more sustainable society every day. That is our way of adding colour and substance to today's much-needed change. We do so with a touch of blue, yellow or red, three colours symbolising reliability, innovation and energy.
Blue stands for reliability, integrity, responsibility and stability. We cast ourselves more than ever as a frontrunner in the offshore energy market and the partner of choice for heavily contaminated site redevelopment. As a financially sound group, we always aim for the most feasible solutions for our clients, for instance by concluding concession agreements. In short, we tick all the boxes, with a focus on operational control and all-round solutions
Dredging concessions: towards complete outsourcing
Timely dredging avoids siltation and flooding and ensures a smooth passage for ships. Dredging works, however, involve high costs and not all governments are able or willing to bear them. A concession agreement offers an interesting way out. What exactly does such an agreement entail and how does it create win-win situations for all parties involved?
Years of chemical waste make room for people and nature
One of the biggest challenges for densely populated countries is to maintain the balance between people and nature. It is essential not to carve out new unbuilt areas for residential, industrial or recreational purposes. In the port of Ghent, we are redeveloping almost 150 acres of abandoned and polluted industrial sites.
Taiwan has the wind in its sails
The switch to renewable energy is in full swing. Jan De Nul already helped building several offshore wind farms in different continents. One of those wind farms is located in the Taiwan Strait, where heavy shipping traffic and the natural environment provided extra challenges.
Imagination, optimism, intellect and vitality, that is yellow in a nutshell. In the field, we translate this into creative solutions for sustainable housing, robust coastlines and smooth mobility, among other things. In 2022, we also reaped the benefits of our years of expertise in various markets and technologies, from undersea energy cables to PFAS remediation. Our vision and positive attitude towards the future continue to make a difference today.
Rolling out cables for the future
For 10 years now, we have been putting our full weight behind the offshore cable industry. With numerous investments, we have built a leading fleet, a wide range of services and unrivalled expertise. The result: today we are the world's largest independent offshore cable installer. Dive into this booming market with two pioneers from our cable team.
Leader in near-emission-free coastal protection
Annual beach nourishment works must protect our coast from the changing climate and rising sea levels. In carrying out these works, Jan De Nul focuses on maximum sustainability. As a pioneer in this field, we are pushing the ambitions within both the industry and public authorities.
A makeover for underrated sites
Liveable, affordable and sustainable residential areas are becoming increasingly scarce. Our property developer PSR is breaking this negative spiral. In Liège, we convert a historic city part into the new eco-neighbourhood Rives Ardentes. In the Kempen region, and old furniture factory is undergoing a metamorphosis into a rural and lively neighbourhood.
For those for whom action, perseverance, passion and warmth are everyday fare, red is undoubtedly a familiar colour. It certainly is for us. Complex construction projects such as prisons or air bases? Bring it on. A first offshore wind farm in France? No problem. Installing a huge storm surge barrier or dredging bone-hard limestone? You can count on us. We make the impossible possible in view of shaping a better future.
One-stop-shop for creative construction projects
In 1938, we carried out our first civil construction project. Today, 85 years later, we are still the same we were then: with a no-nonsense approach and we-can-do-this mentality, we ensure that clients can rest easy. From design, remediation and construction to financing, maintenance and energy management: we have an extensive specialist team ready for every phase.
Storm surge barrier protecting Belgium from natural disasters
The storm surge barrier in Nieuwpoort protects Belgium's coastline from severe storms. In 2022, we continued the works for realising this ingenious structure: we built the concrete sill that must be placed on the seabed between the abutments in the port of Antwerp, 105 km away. One major challenge: how do you transport such a colossus? Our engineers made the seemingly impossible possible.
Creating new territory for wind power in France
With 11 million km² of sea area, France has the second largest sea area in the world after the United States. A unique opportunity to embark on the much-needed energy transition. France and the energy market commit to installing a total offshore wind power capacity of 40 GW by 2050. Jan De Nul rolled up its sleeves and installed France's very first turbines at sea.