Work on the first section of the Seine-Nord canal, a pharaonic project which should link the Seine to the northern European river network by 2028, will be able to begin in the Oise, said Wednesday the prefecture which has given its environmental green light.
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The prefectural order of the Oise equivalent to environmental authorization signed Monday “
covers sector 1, the southern part of the Seine-North Europe canal, which extends over 18.6 km in the department of Oise, from the confluence (Compiègne) between the Oise and the Aisne to Passel
”, specifies the regional prefecture in a press release.
At the end of 2 years of investigation, this environmental authorization allows to authorize the launching of the works of the Seine-North Europe canal
", she adds, insisting on two favorable opinions already delivered: that of the commission of public inquiry in the fall of 2020 and that of the departmental council for the environment and health and technological risks in March 2021. Will be able to begin in particular "
the modification of the bed of the Oise river and the environmental arrangements planned under the reduction measures and compensation
A cost of up to 4.97 billion euros
The work "will
begin gradually from this spring (...) before more substantial work from the autumn
", says in a press release the Société du canal Seine-Nord Europe, the contracting authority.
They will consist of the development of the Oise then a new canal between Compiègne and Ribécourt-Dreslincourt, the widening of the current canal to Passel, the construction of a lock, 3 transshipment docks and 7 crossings. road.
In this sector of 18.6 kilometers in the Oise, the environmental developments include 391 ha of ecological sites created and restored.
The work of these developments has already started
”since 2017, specifies the local public establishment, whose supervisory board is chaired by Xavier Bertrand (ex-LR), president of the regional council of Hauts-de-France.
In a report published on June 16, 2020, the European Court of Auditors was concerned that the costs of the project have "
" to stand at 4.97 billion euros, one of the authors estimating that the project "
will not be completed in its entirety by 2030
" and that "
the promoter has adopted overly optimistic traffic assumptions
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Designed since the 1980s, the large gauge canal should link the Oise to the Dunkirk-Escaut canal (North), ie 107 km for 4.5 m deep, and should be able to accommodate boats "
capable of holding 4,400 tonnes of goods
" , according to the canal company.