Cairo awards metro extension contract

20 March 2016

France’s Alstom selected for signalling and telecoms equipment

Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has awarded a contract for the 1.2 kilometre extension of the Cairo Metro Line 1 from the El-Marg to the New el-Marg station to a consortium comprising France’s Colas Rail, Alstom and Alstom Egypte.

The project is valued at €24.7m ($27.7m). Colas Rail, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, will undertake the renovation of track, switches and crossings, the construction of new track, replacement of overhead lines, and the construction of all associated facilities.

France’s Alstom has been selected for the design, supply and installation of power supply, signalling and telecommunications equipment on the track extension. Its share of the total contract is valued at €12m ($13.5m).

The existing Line 1 network covers 44km of track and 35 stations. Its design capacity is at two million passengers a day, with 56 trains making an estimated 450 trips daily.

The existing track, completed in 1989, terminates at El-Marg.

Apart from the construction of the 1.2km double track, the contract calls for the construction of a new station at New el-Marg that will be connected to the mainline and to the control centre of Line 1, according to an Alstom statement.

The company said works will take 24 months and will not interrupt the operation of Line 1.

In November 2015, Alstom won two contracts for the supply of signalling and telecommunications systems and infrastructure for the Cairo Metro Line 3. Its Metropolis trains also operate in lines 1 and 2 of the Cairo Metro.

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Sum of Net Project Value ($m)Industry      
Country NameConstructionTransportGasIndustrialPowerWaterGrand Total
UAE1287707 76 142084
Kuwait10 2930   2940
Qatar151     151
Egypt1401156  2502501796
Saudi Arabia1515 1040 110 2665
Oman45   150 195
Bahrain    3 3
Iran 3000    3000
Grand Total3148486339707651326412834
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