Duferco Wallonie, located in Belgium, focuses on three domains: brownfield, environment and logistics.
With its subsidiary Deep Green, offering services in soil cleaning, it employs 30 people.
The Brownfield branch of Duferco Wallonie is active in the reconversion of idled industrial sites. In total, Duferco owns about 320 hectares in Wallonia (Belgium).
The most advanced project is the reconversion of a former steel plant of 80 hectares located in Tubize, 20km south from Brussel. The remediation works are almost completed and the land is now close to being fully available for development.
Economic activities will be conducted on about 20 ha in partnership with the BW (Intercommunale du Brabant Wallon), an intermunicipal company specialized, inter alia, in developing economic parks.
In June 2016, the Walloon Government selected Duferco’s project as one of the “Quartiers Nouveaux” of Wallonia. More than just a recognition of the quality and modernity of the project, this selection was accompanied by the authorities’ support for the development of the site.
Another development is now under process on an area of about 12.6 hectares located on the edges of the canal. It aims at the development of an urban multi-functional area with housing, shops (mainly an Outlet Mall), community facilities (crèche, apartment services, health centre), urban agriculture and large public spaces, as well as the construction of a new urban boulevard at the entrance of the city of Tubize. After a long period of consultation with the authorities, the permit application was filed in October 2018. This major project creates a fully convivial urban link between the different districts of Tubize, historically separated by an industrial zone, and allows the old economic heart of the region to beat again for a brand-new life.
Duferco also owns an idled industrial site of 8.5 hectares in Flémalle, which is the heart of a Master Plan called “Flémalle-la-Neuve”, designed by the municipality. The project aims to convert the existing industrial area into a new area for housing and economic activities.
In the environmental business, Deep Green offers a complete brownfield management service, from the first audit and business case study to the implementation of the project. It has significantly extended its experience in soil cleaning by way of physicochemical and biological treatment. It also continues to develop and commercialize a patented soil remediation technology under the name Thermopile©, either on its own account or under a license agreement. The expertise and knowledge of Deep Green is known across the EU with a recent engineering project in the Russian oil fields.
Duferco Logistics, a Business Unit of Duferco Wallonie, is continuing its growth as an intermodal service provider on the route Antwerp-Brussels-Charleroi. The company operates two inland rail / barge terminals in Brussels and in La Louvière. These two terminals are connected to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam by Duferco’s container barge shuttle.
Duferco has already become the main intermodal operator on this route. In 2018, about 43,000 TEU were transported by inland waterways through this container shuttle, which represents a growth in volume of more than 40% compared to 2017. This volume represents the best performance ever at the two terminals. The service includes four departures per week from Brussels to Antwerp and three from La Louvière. In 2019, a second barge will be contracted to meet the increasing demand of the region in order to guarantee an even better service to our customers.
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