In Belgium, just as in France, multiple measures were put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let’s take a tour of the SADE Group’s sites across the country during this complicated period.
Government measures forced ARGEA to shut down its worksites, except for a few urgent works deals in public service sectors. A look back at the last few weeks.
Mid-March – mid-April
During the first 4 weeks of strict lockdown, ARGEA worked on adapting its working procedures and purchasing new PPE to comply with sanitary measures and optimise its preparations to get back to business.
15 April: back to business
ARGEA progressively got back to work, complying with sanitary protection measures and increasing supervision on worksites.
May: back to 60% business
On May 4, the national reassessment of restrictive measures enabled us to ramp back up to 60% of usual business. Everything points to ARGEA hitting 80% by the end of the month.
AQUAENERGIA, a SODRAEP subsidiary, is located in Beverlo, in the middle of Limburg, the province hardest hit by COVID-19 with nearly 100,000 recorded cases. It survived this terrible crisis, showing great resilience, and business has already bounced back strongly.
Solid cash flow
Known for its flexibility in the water and gas pipeline and cable laying sector (supply and distribution), this week AQUAENERGIA hit more than 90% of the business initially forecast for the period.
It should be noted that the option made available to project managers to invoice 100% of finished works allowed AQUAENERGIA to limit the impact of COVID-19 on its cash flow.