SUPPLYING MAJOR PROJECTS
Building a continent
For over a century with Tractafric, Optorg plays a key role in the development of a continent in transformation. The group equips the construction sites that are to shape the Africa of today and tomorrow. It places the foundation stones which open up the continent to development thanks to improved mobility.
At the beginning of the 2Oth century, Equatorial Africa is rich in natural resources but most of the work is done by hand. By making specialized machinery available as early as the 30’s, Tractafric greatly increases the value capacity of forestry, agricultural, mining and energy resources.
The first mechanical equipment used in forestry operations in the 20’s is for felling trees, sawing and rolling.Forestry works site in the Congo.
In 1962, the site of the mining company of Ogooué is one of the first mining works where the group operates in partnership with Caterpillar. Almost 60 years later, this manganese mine is the second most competitive in the world.
KIBALI: A GOLDMINE OF SKILLS
The Kibali mine, one of the biggest gold deposits in Africa, is a good illustration of Optorg site know-how, ranging from the deployment of powerful mining machinery to the most advanced technological tools.
Road construction in Cameroon.
OF THE MAIN ROUTES
From 1960 to 1970, development of the major African road and rail projects is undergoing expansion, opening up regions and encouraging links. In particular, Optorg is involved in the construction of two of the biggest railway lines on the continent: the Transgabonais and the Transcamerounais.
Tractafric’s participates in the construction of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, started in 2009. The works open up a channel of 1,000 km over extremely difficult terrain. The project necessitates the development of asphalted roads, water pipelines and electricity.
Pipeline works from Chad-Cameroon.
Approximately 1,000 km long, the Transcameroonais railway links the port of Douala to Chad and the Central African Republic, allowing the movement of goods and persons in the region. Tractafric’s participation in the building of the section between Yaoundé and Ngaoundéré begins in 1964 and ends in 1974.
GABON FROM EAST TO WEST
Totalling 669 km of track, the Transgabonais railway transports the majority of the country’s wood and manganese, Gabon’s most important sources of revenue. From 1973 to 1986, Tractafric supplies this huge construction site with over 400 Caterpillars, takes care of training the drivers and technicians, manages technical assistance and on-site maintenance.
Transgabonais railway works.
At the beginning of the 21st century, energy is one of the biggest challenges for African development. Tractafric develops various solutions for energy production, which meet private consumers’ needs as well as those of the big providers.
Between 2014 and 2017, the quantity of power generators sold by Tractafric represents an energy capacity of 100,000 kVa for households, small businesses and industry in Africa.
In 2013, the group supplies the Kibali mining site with a generating station of 36 CAT generator units producing 43 MW to power the mine. The Tractafric teams operate maintenance, providing a million operating hours between 2013 and 2019 and record availability.
In 2012 and 2017, Tractafric is one of the electricity providers for the African Cup of Nations, a major event for Gabon, the host country.
INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE
Tractafric develops energy production solutions which combine performance and sustainable development. For example, hybrid power plants that combine generators and solar energy, and also gas groups which recover the emissions from petrol extraction, to limit gas flaring.