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									                      CANAL SEINE NORD
                                      INFORMATION FILE

                              Only the French version is legally binding

                                                      3 April 2009

                                                                                   contract notice n° 08-177805

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      1.       INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................. 3


      2.1 Preliminary studies and inclusion in the European waterways master plan................ 3

      2.2 The preliminary design and public enquiry .................................................................... 4

      2.3 Trans-European transport network priority project and declaration of public
      interest ....................................................................................................................................... 5

      3.       STAKES AND TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT ...................... 6

      3.1 Project stakes ..................................................................................................................... 6

      3.2 Technical description ....................................................................................................... 10

      4.       THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.................................. 15

      4.1 Reason for the public-private partnership agreement.................................................. 15

      4.2 Legal background to the public-private partnership agreement................................. 15

      4.3 Main aspects of the contract............................................................................................ 16

      5.       INFORMATION DOCUMENTS ......................................................................... 17

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      1. Introduction

      The present information file describes the general context of the Seine-Nord Europe Canal and the
      related development works between Compiègne (Oise) and Aubencheul-au-Bac (Nord), to be
      implemented in the context of a public-private partnership agreement for which competitive bids are

      The purpose of this information file is to describe the background to the Project, the general
      environment and the main technical, legal and financial characteristics of the Project foreseen at this
      stage. Applicants' attention is drawn to the fact that the various components of the Project described in
      the present information file are liable to change and be modified during the competitive dialogue in
      accordance with the rules of the tendering process. The information concerning the Project presented
      in this file does not necessarily correspond to the exact scope of the future public-private partnership

      The information, figures, statistics and other technical data given in the present information file were
      obtained notably from:

          -       the preliminary design documents (July 2006),
          -       the public enquiry prior to the declaration of public interest (December 2006),
          -       the technical summary of the preliminary design (July 2007).

      Applicants may obtain these documents as set out in chapter 5 of the present document.

      All information, figures, statistics and other technical data given in the present information file, and in
      particular those obtained from the above-mentioned documents, are given purely for guidance. In
      continuing this process, Voies Navigables de France (VNF) and the French Government shall not be
      bound by or held responsible in any way for their content or for any errors or gaps therein.

      2. Background to the Seine-Nord Europe Canal Project

      2.1 Preliminary studies and inclusion in the European waterways master plan

      A few years after the Canal du Nord was opened to 600 tonne vessels in 1965 , the 21 locks along the
      canal were already saturated with goods traffic. Following the first preliminary studies (1975-1985)
      for a new, high-capacity (3300 - 4500 tonnes) waterway that would be compatible with the European
      network, and following discussions with the four French regions concerned (Ile-de-France, Picardy,
      Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Haute-Normandie), the Seine-Nord link was included in April 1985 in the
      inland waterways master plan, which defined priorities in terms of inter-basin links.

      Interim solutions involving in situ redevelopment of the Saint Quentin Canal and Canal du Nord were
      studied between 1985 and 1993. Those concerning the Saint Quentin Canal were abandoned owing to
      their greater length (+40%), very severe impact on the urban and natural environments, the very large
      number of locks required and the need to interrupt traffic for a very long time. Those relating to the
      Canal du Nord were also abandoned for similar reasons, in particular because of the existence of two
      summit reaches but especially because of the major impact of interrupting traffic during the works and
      the resulting transfer of goods to other transport modes.

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      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal Project, which was included in the European high-capacity waterway
      master plan in 1993, was the first infrastructure project to be thrown open to public debate in France,
      in accordance with the provisions of the "Bianco" circular (1992).

      The preliminary public debate on the advisability of the high-capacity link was organised between
      November 1993 and November 1994 under the auspices of the Prefect of the Picardy region.

      The conclusion of this stage was that that the project was advisable and that specifications should be
      prepared for proceeding with its implementation. On 4 April 1995, the French Ministry of Transport
      approved the specifications and simultaneously began preliminary studies, with VNF appointed to act
      as Owner.

      At the meeting of the Comité Interministériel pour l’Aménagement et le Développement du Territoire
      (CIADT – Inter-Ministerial Committee for Territorial Development) held on 9 July 2001, the Seine-
      Nord Europe high-capacity waterway link was included in the multimodal public passenger and goods
      transport schemes. The committee adopted the principle of progressive development and launched
      preparatory works to the north and south of the link.

      On 4 March 2002, the Minister of Transport decided on and announced the choice of corridor for the
      link. The alternative selected was the one furthest to the west of the study area, known as corridor N3.
      It runs close to the towns of Noyon and Péronne, near the existing Canal du Nord, and offers the
      greatest advantages in terms of environmental protection in the regions crossed, management of water
      resources and project economy.

      2.2 The preliminary design and public enquiry

      The CIADT meeting held on 18 December 2003 chose the Seine-Nord Europe Canal Project from
      among 35 French priority transport infrastructure projects and commissioned VNF to act as Owner
      responsible for implementing the preliminary design studies for the Seine-Nord Europe Canal, the
      central section of the Seine-Scheldt European waterway link.

      On 5 December 2003, the European Council of Transport Ministers unanimously voted to adopt the
      Seine-Scheldt canal project as a European priority project. Following a joint decision procedure, on 21
      April 2004 the European Parliament adopted the report of the European MP Philip Bradbourn listing
      30 major European projects under the TEN-T, including the Seine-Scheldt project, thereby making it
      eligible for the fast-track procedure.

      The preliminary design studies for the Seine-Nord Europe Canal were ordered on 22 November 2004
      from consortiums of European design offices. These studies, which were widely discussed between
      February and July 2005, led to the selection of a reference alignment and locations for port facilities,
      logistics platforms and marinas, thus underscoring the economic role of a comprehensive transport and
      regional development project.

      After consultation with French Government agencies, local politicians and socio-economic
      stakeholders between October 2005 and May 2006, VNF submitted the preliminary design documents
      to the Minister of Transport on 5 July 2006. The Minister of Transport approved the preliminary
      design on 20 November 2006 and asked for the project to be submitted to a public enquiry.

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      The preliminary enquiry prior to the declaration of public interest was carried out under the auspices
      of the coordinating Prefect (Prefect of the Picardy region) from 15 January 2007 to 15 March 2007 in
      the 68 communes concerned by the 500 m wide corridor. The commission of enquiry approved the
      project on 6 July 2007.

      2.3 Trans-European transport network priority project and declaration of public interest

      On 20 July 2007, France, Flanders and Wallonia handed the European Commission an application for
      a subsidy to construct the Seine-Scheldt link in the context of the 2007-2013 programme. On this
      occasion, government ministers from France, Flanders, Wallonia and the Netherlands signed a joint
      statement aimed at setting up an Inter-Governmental Commission and common structure (in the form
      of a European Economic Interest Grouping) to coordinate the implementation of the various sections
      and harmonise tariffs.

      On 28 November 2007, the European Commission voted to allocate a €420m subsidy to the Seine-
      Scheldt project, with €330m being earmarked for the Seine-Nord Europe Canal. The Seine-Scheldt
      Committee worked on the cross-border character of the project with the aim of studying in particular
      the participation of the Belgian and Dutch governments in financing the infrastructure by introducing
      an agreed additional toll covering the stretch between Compiègne and Ghent. An Inter-Governmental
      Conference was to define strategic guidelines with the support of a European Economic Interest
      Grouping responsible for coordinating the procedures, scheduling and financing of the link.

      On 11 June 2008, the French Government adopted the principle of implementing the Seine-Nord
      Europe Canal in the form of a public-private partnership agreement in the draft blueprint drawn up
      after the Grenelle environment round table.

      A decree of 11 September 2008 (published in the official gazette on 12 September 2008) stated that
      the works required to implement the Seine-Nord Europe high-capacity canal and the related
      development works between the communes of Compiègne (Oise) and Aubencheul-au-Bac (Nord)
      were of public interest and urgent, and that the urban development documents for the communes
      crossed by the canal were to be brought into conformity accordingly.

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      3. Stakes and technical description of the project

      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal is the central section of the Seine-Scheldt high-capacity European
      waterway link. This link forms a new system for transporting goods between France, Belgium, the
      Netherlands and Germany within the corridor connecting the economic centres of northern Europe . It
      contributes to European and national sustainable development goals by enhancing the competitiveness
      of the European and French economies, by structuring logistics along the corridor, by encouraging
      modal transfer to inland waterways and developing the inter-modality needed to structure the
      hinterland of the major seaports. At regional and inter-regional levels, the Seine-Nord Europe Canal
      will be a powerful vector for regional planning and development in the regions it crosses, thanks to the
      various functions of the waterway.

      The information given below concerns the overall Project stakes, not all of which will necessarily be
      involved in the future public-private partnership agreement.

      3.1 Project stakes

      The area concerned by the Seine-Scheldt waterway link is characterised by intense cross-border flows
      of goods and by some of the continent's worst road congestion along the north-south route:
      132 million tonnes of goods used this northern corridor in 2000. The Seine-Scheldt link will provide a
      connection with the Rhine and Danube and represent a decisive element in the European inland
      waterway network extending into central and eastern Europe and beyond to the Black Sea.

      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal scheme also aims to promote multiple usage of the waterway and the
      project will therefore need to address various issues, as described below.

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          -       Goods transport activities

      The canal is designed to handle push-tows consisting of two barges 185 m long and 11.40 m wide
      carrying three layers of containers (European Vb class). The average journey time for a large Rhine-
      type vessel is about 18 hours.

      According to the various scenarios studied, the level of traffic using the new waterway should amount
      to between 13.3 and 14.9 million tonnes (Mt) by 2020, including 250,000 TEU containers. By 2050,
      this traffic should reach between 20 and 27.7 Mt.

      By 2020, the agricultural sector should account for 30% of the t-km carried by the canal. The second
      most important sector will be construction materials (20%). Containers, vehicles and general goods
      will represent the third-largest sector, with 17% of t-km . By then, the last third of traffic should
      consist of equal proportions of energy products and chemicals on the one hand and metallurgical
      products on the other (11%).

          -       Industrial, logistics and port activities

      Four multimodal platforms (MP) covering a total of 360 ha will act as areas of exchange with the
      economies of the regions concerned. They will offer sites for industrial and logistics activities, port
      and multimodal services, areas equipped with transhipment quays to serve local industries and cereal
      storage silos.

      The MP are a key factor for the success of the SNE project. The studies emphasised the importance of
      the port sites, with traffic forecasts exceeding 5 Mt by 2020, i.e. nearly one third of the total traffic
      along the canal by then and in the longer term. The MP meet various fundamental objectives of the
          • sustainable development of river traffic, intermodality with rail and road transport, and modal
               transfer in conformity with the goals of the Grenelle environment forum,
          • competitiveness of local businesses, regional development and restructuring of logistics in the
               Greater Paris area and Nord-Pas de Calais region,
          • development of the French seaports by structuring and enlarging their hinterland.

      Operation of the industrial, logistics and port activities at these platforms will be covered by separate
      agreements from the present public-private partnership agreement.

          -       Water supply

      A feature of the Artois-Picardy basin is that the rivers have low discharges and the groundwater
      resources are fragile. Water supplies are therefore stretched.

          This proportion is given in terms of tonnage; it would be much higher in terms of the value of the goods

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      Local authorities are therefore looking for additional resources to ensure long-term water supplies to

      As mentioned at the various stages of the consultation process, the Seine-Nord Europe Canal, which
      links the basins of the Oise and Sensée, will offer the possibility of inter-basin transfers (from the Oise
      to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region: Sensée, Deûle, Lys, Scheldt). As a continuation of the hydraulic
      studies for supplying water to the canal, VNF performed a study that confirmed the possibility (from
      the point of view of the hydrology of the Oise) of transferring a further 1-2 m3/s over a period of 35

      This would help to provide long-term drinking water supplies to people living in the Nord-Pas-de
      Calais region since such supplies could be guaranteed on a continuous basis thanks to:
          - large quantities of water being available in the Oise,
          - additional storage capacity.

          -       Tourist and leisure activities

      SNE offers an opportunity for developing tourism in the regions directly concerned by the project and
      more widely for all the regions along the Seine-Scheldt corridor through:
         - the development of river cruises on passenger liners, and short trips along the canal on river
             boats equipped with dining facilities,
         - the promotion of structures of outstanding interest along the canal,
         - the development of cycle paths and footpaths along the canal as part of European, national and
             regional itineraries,
         - the development of leisure centres and residential projects, etc.

      Other functions

      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal may also provide support for other activities related to sustainable
      development, , including but not limited to the following.

          -       Energy production

      Operating the canal calls for energy, particularly to work the locks and ensure the circulation of water.
      According to the analyses conducted by VNF, there is potential for energy production – particularly
      renewable energy - in the project area. This includes but is not limited to the construction of large
      wind farms, the installation of photovoltaic production units, the creation of a wood fuel sector in spoil
      deposition areas and meander cut-offs, and hydropower production at the reservoirs.

          -       Real estate

      The demographic situation in the areas concerned by the SNE project is one of contrast. Housing is
      relatively dense between Compiègne and Noyon, scattered in the Somme department and to a lesser
      extent in the Nord-Pas de Calais region. Development around the platforms and tourist centres could
      be an incentive for considering housing construction projects that take into account the challenges of
      sustainable development (eco-neighbourhoods).

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      The general context and expression of regional stakeholders

      The Prefect, coordinator of the Seine-Nord Europe canal project, appointed the Seine-Nord Europe
      association to undertake the job of gathering information on the expectations of the regional
      stakeholders involved and their objectives in terms of economic potential related to the development
      of multimodal platforms and tourism. The association published a white paper providing the French
      state, VNF and the public-private partnership candidates with the vision and ambition of the regional
      stakeholders with respect to the project, the development projects or measures envisaged and their
      organisations needs. A summary of this white paper can be obtained under the conditions defined in
      Chapter 5.

      The candidates' attention is also drawn to the fact that the Picardy and Nord-Pas de Calais regions are
      concerned by the plans to reorganise national army and air force sites, in particular with the impending
      closure of Air base 103 at Cambrai-Epinoy (in 2012) and redeployment, in 2011, of the Régiment de
      marche du Tchad (French Army marine regiment) based in Noyon. The possibility of coordinated
      action between these reorganisation measures and the Seine-Nord Europe project during the canal
      construction period (housing of contractor personnel, etc.), and after canal completion, is a factor that
      should be taken into consideration.

      The project forms an ideal opportunity for the development of jobs in the regions concerned, not just
      during the construction period but also during canal operation thanks to the growth of economic
      activities (transport, logistics, port services, industry, tourism, energy, etc.). Optimisation of the
      repercussions of the project in terms of jobs created and in particular the re-entry into working life of
      people with employment difficulties, is a major objective of the public authorities who intend to take
      measures so that, during the construction period, suitable solutions can be proposed to meet
      construction site requirements, and once the project has been completed, ensure that the jobs created
      can be transformed to met the needs generated by the related economic activities. For this purpose, a
      "job centre" run by the Picardy DRTEFP (regional department of labour, employment and vocational
      training) and combining the public employment service and local authorities, was set up in December
      2008 covering the entire project area.

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      3.2 Technical description

      Several design studies have been carried out concerning the Project. These have put forward technical
      solutions to meet the functional requirements and constraints identified.

      The following descriptive and quantitative information is derived from these studies. It may be
      modified by the contractual framework in which the project is implemented and by design
      requirements imposed on the various project managers. It should be noted that the quantities are
      representative of all the works included in the project, regardless of the area for which the private
      partner act as a Owner.

      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal project involves constructing a new, 106 km long canal between
      Compiègne and Aubencheul-au-Bac (west of Cambrai), complying with the requirements of the
      European Vb class.
      It comprises the following in particular:

            •       eight reaches connected by seven locks with drop heights of between 6.41 and 30 m, equipped
                    with water-saving basins;
            •       two storage reservoirs for supplying water during low-flow periods,
            •       three aqueducts, including one 1330 m long spanning the River Somme,
            •       four multimodal platforms and eight transhipment quays for linking up with other modes of
                    transport (road and rail),
            •       five mooring facilities for public and private boats.

          The canal structures – key figures
          • Length:                                       106 km between Compiègne and Aubencheul-au-Bac
          • Surface width:                                54 m
          • Water depth:                                  4.50 m
          • Draught:                                      3m
          • Navigation rectangle:                         38 m x 4 m
          • Clearance under bridges:                      7m

          • Number of locks:                              7 (drops of 6.4 m to 30 m)
          • Number of aqueducts:                          3, including the Somme aqueduct (1.3 km long)
          • Number of crossing structures:                59

          • Earth excavation volume:                      55 million m3
          • Volume of backfill:                           25 million m3
          • Volume of surplus material:                   30 million m3
          • Land take:                                    2450 ha comprising:
          - canal:                                        1330 ha
          - storage reservoirs:                           160 ha
          - platforms:                                    360 ha
          - material dumping areas:                       600 ha

          • Number of multimodal platforms:               4
          • Number of cereal quays:                       5
          • Number of industrial quays:                   3
          • Number of boating facilities:                 5

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      The design studies defined a reference path and the characteristics of the main canal structures. This
      path comprises a "DPI corridor" a strip of land on average 500 m wide within which the final
      alignment of the high-capacity canal will be determined. It corresponds to the possible variations of
      alignment which may be proposed and adopted between the period of the public enquiry and the start
      of works, to take into account both the answers given to the commission of enquiry and possible
      refinements resulting from the more detailed definition of the project.


      The project crosses a region of low hills. The volume of excavation is about 55 million m3 and the
      volume of backfill about 25 million m3. The topography is such that cut sections up to 20 m deep will
      represent a total linear length of 7860 m and fill sections over 20 m a total linear length of 2640 m.

      Surplus materials will be dumped within the project area or used as fill for other construction projects.
      The materials found along the canal alignment are alluvium (clay, silt and sand), lying on Bracheux
      sand or, for the most part, on chalk.


      The Seine-Nord Europe Canal comprises seven locks, the drop heights of which vary from 15.50 to 30 m,
      with the exception of Montmacq lock, the first and furthest south, which has a drop height of 6.41 m.
      The six high locks are to be provided with water-saving basins. Montmacq lock, the chamber of which holds a
      modest volume of water on account of the lower height, is a simple lock without any lateral basin. The
      chamber of each of the other locks is 195 m long and 12.50 m wide. The following table summarises the
      locations of the locks, their drop heights and the number of associated water-saving basins.

              Lock                        KP                    Commune             Drop height           Number of water-
                                                                                                           saving basins
                  0                     8.519              Montmacq                     6.41 m                        0
                  1                    21.085              Noyon                        19.57 m                       3
                  2                    30.862              Campagne                     15.50 m                       2
                  3                    71.163              Moislains                    30.00 m                       5
                  4                    89.371              Havrincourt                  22.50 m                       4
                  5                    98.466              Marquion-Bourlon             20.11 m                       3
                  6                   105.097              Oisy-le-Verger               25.00 m                       4

      It is planned to develop double-chamber locks along the Seine-Nord Europe Canal in order to increase
      the canal capacity and ensure quality of service as traffic increases.


      The ponds along the Somme west of Péronne are to be crossed by an aqueduct 1330 m long and
      26.50 m high spanning the river.

      Restoring roads and railway lines will call for the construction of:
         • 2 aqueducts crossing the A26 and A29 motorways respectively,
         • 3 rail bridges,
         • 54 road bridges.

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      Water supply

      Water will be supplied by an intake from the Oise at Montmacq lock and two storage reservoirs with a
      capacity of 14 million m3.
      The canal will be watertight along its entire length. The mean permeability corresponds to a layer
      30 cm thick with an infiltration coefficient of 10-8 m/s.

      Multimodal platforms and transhipment quays

      The project comprises:

          -       four multimodal platforms totalling 360 ha, intended for port, industrial and logistics
                  activities. From south to north, these are Noyon (59 ha – KP 22-24), Nesle (88 ha – KP 43-
                  45), Péronne-Haute Picardie (60 ha – KP 57-58) and Cambrai-Marquion (156 ha – KP 99-

          -       two areas equipped with transhipment quays for serving local industries: Thourotte (KP 7)
                  and Ribécourt (KP 11 - 2 quays);

          -       five transhipment sites for agricultural use: Noyon (KP 22), Languevoisin (KP 42), Cléry-sur-
                  Somme (KP 65), Moislains (KP 72) and Graincourt-lès-Havrincourt (KP 93).

      Boating facilities

      The project includes the construction of 5 mooring facilities for private and public boats (river boats
      and liners) at Ercheu (KP 36-37), Saint-Christ-Briost (KP 54), Biaches-Somme aqueduct (KP 63),
      Allaines (KP 67) and Havrincourt (KP 89).

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          Location map of the main structures and equipment

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      Location map of the main structures and equipment

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      The operation of the canal includes the management of ship movements from one or more control
      centres, the supply of water and energy to the structures, the management of user services and
      surveillance of the structures. Energy consumption for the canal is estimated at 70 GWh by the year
      2020. Operation is associated with the maintenance, overhauling and replacement of the structures
      with a view to achieving a working life of at least 100 years.

      4. The public-private partnership agreement

      The public-private partnership agreement falls within the context of the project and stakes described

      4.1 Reason for the public-private partnership agreement

      In his letter of 21 November 2005, the French Minister of Transport appointed VNF to conduct the
      studies required for the assessment referred to in article 2 of the order of 17 June 2004, with assistance
      from the Mission d'Appui à la Réalisation des Contrats de Partenariat (MAPPP).

      Article 33 of law no. 2006-10 of 5 January 2006 concerning transport safety and development,
      introducing article 224-1 into the Public Rivers and Inland Waterways Code, expressly authorised
      VNF to resort to public-private partnership agreements for infrastructure projects destined to be
      incorporated into the inland waterway network and for the renovation or construction of all navigation
      structures, on the basis of the provisions of order no. 2004-559 of 17 June 2004 concerning public-
      private partnership agreements.

      In May 2006, VNF completed the preliminary assessment carried out in accordance with the
      provisions of article 2 of the above-mentioned order of 17 June 2004. It then set out the economic,
      financial and legal reasons for commencing the procedure to enter into a public-private partnership

      In its notice no. 2006-11 of 13 October 2006, the Ministry of Finance's MAPPP confirmed the legal
      pertinence of a public-private partnership agreement in view of the complexity of the project, and the
      advantages of this type of agreement as the means of implementing the Seine-Nord Europe project in
      comparison with other types of public contract.

      In view of the complexity of the project, the public-private partnership agreement is to be signed after
      a competitive dialogue phase in accordance with the conditions of section I of article 7 of the above-
      mentioned modified order. Applicants must provide VNF with the best technical facilities and
      legal/financial package for satisfying the requirements defined in the functional programme to be
      handed to those allowed to take part.

      4.2 Legal background to the public-private partnership agreement

      VNF will enter into the public-private partnership agreement in the context of its role as defined in
      article 124 of the Finance Law for 1991, no. 90-1168 of 29 December 1990, in article 1 of decree no.
      60-1441 of 26 December 1960 defining the status of VNF, and article 224-1 of the Public Rivers and
      Inland Waterways Code.

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      4.3 Main aspects of the contract

      The public-private partnership agreement covers the funding, design, construction, operation,
      servicing, maintenance and regeneration of the Seine-Nord Europe Canal (running for 106 km
      between Compiègne and Aubencheul-au-Bac), and all or part of the associated development works
      and related activities that will enhance the project from the economic standpoint. The associated
      development works and related activities are set out in the public notice of competitive bidding and
      will be described in the functional programme.

      The final scope of the duties and responsibilities incumbent upon the successful applicant and other
      entities involved in the project will be defined during the competitive dialogue.

      At this stage, it is planned to commission the following from the successful applicant, in accordance
      with the conditions and limits set out in the tender documents:

              implementation of technical and/or administrative procedures that are the particular
              responsibility of the Owner of the Works and required for the completion and operation of the
              structures and activities covered by the public-private partnership agreement (including land
              acquisition operations). If applicable, the methods for continuing the technical and/or
              administrative procedures already begun by VNF prior to the date of signing the agreement
              will be set out in the tender documents handed over to applicants authorised to submit a bid;

              design and construction of the canal and related development works, ensuring that they blend
              into the landscape of the regions crossed;

              water resources management comprising management of the pumping system and water
              reserves, transfer of water to the urban areas of northern France and the implementation of
              flood control measures;

              operation of the canal, including traffic management, installation safety and canal water

              servicing, maintenance and regeneration of the structures in order to make sure that they are
              kept available and in good working order throughout the duration of the agreement; this will
              be evaluated in accordance with the goals set for the successful applicant;

              application of environmental regulations, by taking into account the demands of sustainable
              development in designing the structures, compensating for project impacts, complying with
              performance targets in terms of sustainable development at the works and structure operation
              stages and by reducing energy consumption;

              definition and implementation of related activities contributing to the economic development
              of the regions crossed;

              development of the private and public land handed over by VNF in the context of the public-
              private partnership agreement.

              project funding, taking into account possible public assistance from the European Union, the
              French government, other governments and regional authorities, and the revenue generated by
              related activities;

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      Applicants' attention is drawn to the fact that the characteristics of the agreement as described above
      are liable on one hand to be refined and adjusted in the tender documents that will be handed over to
      applicants allowed to take part in the competitive dialogue and on the other to evolve during the
      dialogue process itself, in particular in light of opportunities for optimising the project that may be
      identified at that time.

      5. Information documents

      The following documents are joined to the information file on DVD.

          -       preliminary design study for the Seine-Nord Europe Canal (June 2006);
          -       technical summary of the preliminary design documents (July 2007);
          -       public enquiry prior to the declaration of public interest (December 2006);
          -       decree of public interest dated 11 September 2008;
          -       the general works layout drawing including adaptations resulting from the public enquiry;
          -       summary of the white paper drawn up by the Seine-Nord Europe association (March 2009).

      In the event of any disagreement between this document and the public call for tenders, the
      information in this document shall take precedence.

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