News Archive 2013

Retrofit of Boudewijn Lock in Bruges
Egemin Automation and NV Depret from Zeebrugge have together won a contract for the complete renovation of Boudewijn Lock in Bruges. They will work together as part of a temporary trade association. The project is the latest in a series of successful joint projects with the Artes Consortium, which includes NV Depret.

A public invitation to tender was issued for the project, and Egemin came out on top. The project’s total contract price is approximately 2.5 million euro, with Egemin’s share being about 1.3 million euro. Egemin’s Infra Automation division will perform the project.


The Boudewijn Lock connects Bruges Ring Canal and the port of Zeebrugge via the Boudewijn Canal. The lock is outdated and needs urgent renovations to increase its operational safety, to centralize control and to carry out modifications works to the surroundings. The project should be completed by the construction industry holiday of 2014.

Egemin Automation will upgrade the tidal gates’ drive, both the inner and the outer gates, and the hydraulic drive of the railway bridge. "Egemin will replace the entire control system using SCADA-level PLC-controls," says Koen Cools, Project Manager at Egemin. "These are programmable controls which collect, transmit, process and visualize the lock’s measurement and control signals." Egemin will also install new electric and hydraulic spindles. This should all be done with a minimal disruption to shipping.

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