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was an extraordinary year. Despite ups and downs, a sustainable and irreversible shift towards a cleaner energy world has begun.


“The essential breakthrough, however, relies on what we can do together to make things better. The fostering of human contact and personal relationships should, in my opinion, lie at the heart of our company: combining our expertise and knowledge with you, partners and clients, as a modest contribution to shaping a better world.”

 Daniel Develay, CEO

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1 Question, 2 answers

How does Energy Transition affect your business?

Alain Bernard: “It’s a big shift for us. Ten years ago, we were purely a dredging company. Today, about 1/3 of our turnover is from energy-related businesses. For example, we are building offshore wind farms as well as tidal power plants, and laying cables between France and the UK. We’ve worked with Tractebel for years. We built C-Power, Belgium’s first wind farm, and are also partners in Mermaid and Merkur, two other offshore wind projects. 

I’m dreaming of building the next big French wind farm with ENGIE. Like John Lennon, I still have a lot of dreams.”

Alain Bernard, CEO of DEME Group (Belgium), has worked with Tractebel for 30 years

M. Shaobo FAN: “The massive demand for cheaper and cleaner energy in Africa has affected our market organisation quite a lot. OTEC, together with Tractebel, has succeeded in providing hydro and solar power in African countries for over 10 years. We are very proud that different cultures have cooperated smoothly, while the clients have benefitted from the good communication between the teams and the speedy implementation of the projects."

M. Shaobo FAN, CEO of OTEC (China), has worked with Tractebel for 17 years

facing common challenges

As the world is undergoing a rapid transformation, we all face common challenges: to mitigate climate change and ensure access to sustainable, affordable and reliable energy, water and smart infrastructure.

About half a million solar panels were installed every day around the world. In China, two wind turbines were installed every hour. (IEA)

17% of the global population lacks access to electricity. (IEA)

5.5 million new ‘things’ will be connected to the Internet each day. (Gartner)
By 2020, up to 200 billion IoT devices will need securing. Intel claims that the number of connected devices could surge from 15 billion in 2015 to 200 billion by 2020. (CSO)

In 2000, the world population was 6.2 billion. The UN estimates that by 2050 there will be an additional 3 billion people, with most of the growth in developing countries that already suffer water stress. (WBCSD)

The global temperatures will increase 2°C by the end of the 21st century, causing heatwaves and floods. (IPCC)

Electric vehicles to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040. This projected change between now and 2040 will have implications beyond the car market. (Bloomberg)

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 48% between 2012 and 2040, with fossil fuels accounting for more than 75% of world energy use in 2040. (EIA)

By 2030, there will be 41 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities. (UN)

Key solutions proposed by Tractebel’s Energy Transition experts

Energy Transition is the gradual shift from the current non-sustainable, fossil fuel driven energy system to a decarbonised, decentralised, digitalised and integrated energy system.


Like other sources on earth, the sun and wind are available, massive and local, but also highly unpredictable. So researchers and scientists all over the world are currently trying to find a technological breakthrough. And hydrogen could be one of them.

In line with ENGIE’s strategy of promoting hydrogen as a powerful enabler of the energy revolution, Tractebel is carrying out a feasibility study for installing a new Solar PV and Hydrogen power plant in central Australia.

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Our engineers shed light on three expertise domains: climate change, water and nuclear energy.

Protecting West Africa’s Coast

Annelies Bolle was invited to present the case study An Innovative Early Warning System For Flooding/Operational Risks In Harbours during the 3rd International Conference on Coastal Zone Engineering and Management in the Middle East.

Read the abstract of the case study

Sharing knowledge

Gim Bidaud is Nuclear Safety Engineer for Tractebel in France. As one of the participants in the Nuclear Trainee Program, Gim has the opportunity to study thermodynamics, safety and regulatorty aspects more in-depth. "It's a great gift to get insights from experienced experts and to share this knowledge my turn. My boy's dream was to become a football player. I do play football and use these sporty tips & tricks in my daily job."

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Protecting coral reefs, sea grass and wetlands

Boudewijn Decrop received for his paper based on his PhD research entitled Towards a Better Prediction of Dredging Plumes: Numerical and Physical Modelling of the Near-Field Dispersion a 2016 Tractebel Innovation Award and the PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2017. Boudewijn is only the 4th Belgian ever to win.


Tractebel India has joined hands with 
SOS Children’s Villages to sponsor the education of 44 abandoned children. 

Through this initiative, our company is providing financial support for school fees, transport costs, tuition and fees for extracurricular activities, as well as books and stationery costs.

5 ExCom members, 5 highlights

Daniel Develay, CEO

Highlight ‘16: “David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and George Michael passed away. Four monuments of pop music who rocked part of my youth.”

Sabien Vermeulen, Chief Legal, Ethics and Compliance Officer

Highlight ‘16: “What marked me the most in 2016 are the terrorist attacks in Brussels of March 22. We should always keep the innocent victims, their families and friends in our thoughts and continue to live and love without fear in pursuit of our values.”

Claudio Maia, Chief Executive Officer Latin America

Highlight ‘16: “2016 was my first year as CEO of Tractebel in Latin America. A region with very diverse markets seeing massive transformations and faced with a phase of low economic growth. A steep learning curve for me which I welcomed and embraced as fuel for personal growth.”

Marc Franchimont, CFO

Highlight ’16: “2016 has seen a tremendous acceleration of change in the way we work and in the way we live.”

Gillian-Alexandre Huart, Chief Officer Energy Transition

Highlight ‘16: “In 2016, we successfully took a turn in our DNA. We are proud to claim that, in a global department, we pull together all Tractebel’s expertise required to deal with any request related to Energy Transition using the Energy systems as an entry point.”

Tractebel is intent on developing its entrepreneurial streak by fostering a close collaboration between millennials and senior managers, and by offering young talents a creative but purposeful “playground”, the Shadow ExCom.

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