SNC-Lavalin in Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, SNC-Lavalin has a proven track record of delivering projects across all four of our sectors of operation including oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power.  

Strong Partnerships at the Core of our Success

We have long-standing relationships with leading national and international companies across the region including Sasol, Chevron, Eskom, Transnet, PetroSA, Engen, Sapref and Scatec Solar.  In South Africa, we have supported Sasol’s flagship refinery in Secunda since the early 1990s and we have grown to become the largest shutdown contractor on the continent. Currently we are in the second year of a five-year shutdown management and execution services agreement on the Natref Refinery. 

We provide clients with access to a world-wide network of experienced resources, with the flexibility, experience and skills to execute demanding and complex projects in some of the most remote locations in the region.  We are committed to the economic development of the communities in which we work, and through our industry leading SETA accredited SNC-Lavalin Training Solutions we have been providing skilled and qualified personnel into the broader labour market since 2010 to help build local capacity and a skilled workforce. 

Our fabrication facility in Chamdor, South Africa is equipped with all auxiliary components and available resources to provide quality assured fabrication of the highest standards.  Our cutting edge technology and proven experience ensures the best possible solutions for our clients’ unique challenges.

Successful Track Record

Some project highlights include: 

  • Ambatovy, a large-tonnage nickel and cobalt refining start-up project in Madagascar; Taksebt, a 605,000-cubic-metre-per-day water treatment plant and pumping station in Algeria.
  • The Medupi Power station, a dry-cooled coal-fired power station expected to become the largest dry-cooled coal-fired power station in the world.
  • Moatize greenfield coal mine in Mozambique with a capacity to handle 11 million metric tonnes of coal per annum.
  • Transnet New Multi-Product Pipeline, amongst the biggest multi-product pipelines in the world, and one of the most complex pipelines designed to transport liquid petroleum fuel underground over a distance of 715km.
  • The rehabilitation of the Matala hydroelectric dam in Angola, completed by our Power sector, which optimized the facility’s water management and supported the safety of the local environment and communities.  
  • Our Rail & Transit team worked on PRASA's Rolling Stock Fleet Replacement Programme in South Africa from 2011 to 2017, initially carrying out a feasibility study to determine the need for recapitalization of the old MetroRail Fleet. Design and build started in 2014, culminating in the first trains entering passenger service in 2017.

Historical Presence



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