Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Water 2010-FR-91118-S

Studies to upgrade the Oise river between Compiègne and Creil to Vb gauge


The Action covers the design studies of the global project which aims to upgrade the Oise river (between Compiègne and Creil) to navigation class Vb. The project is part of Priority Project 30, the “Seine-Scheldt”.


The Oise River is navigable for 103 km, from the intersection with the Seine to Compiègne (Janville). It links the Seine basin to the waterway network of the Nord-Pas de Calais and, further, to the Benelux, as well as to the Champagne-Ardenne network and the Mosel and Rhine basins.


The Action aimed to upgrade the Oise river up to Class Vb in order to allow vessels between 3,200 and 6,000 tonnes and of maximum 185m length to navigate. This was also to enhance the use of two intermodal terminals (road/rail/water freight transhipping).


The studies were a key step necessary to prepare the technical design of the construction project, to obtain the administrative authorisations, to prepare the future call for tender and to carry out the works. Only the preliminary studies, the 'avant projet' studies, the socio economic study, the hydraulic studies were carried out as well as most of the admin files were prepared. However the project phase, the consultation of companies, the planning phase of the works were not implemented during the lifetime of the action and are postponed to 2014/2015.



This project has been completed




Action promoter:



Total project cost covered by this Decision:


Percentage of EU support:


Studies: 43.83%

EU contribution:




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Implementation schedule:

Start date: September 2010

End date: December 2012



Ministère de l'écologie, du développement durable, des transports et du logement


Implementing body:

Voies Navigables de France


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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