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 Name Construction Transport Gas Industrial Power Water Grand Total
UAE 1287 707   76   14 2084
Kuwait 10   2930       2940
Qatar 151           151
Egypt 140 1156     250 250 1796
Saudi Arabia 1515   1040   110   2665
Oman 45       150   195
Bahrain         3   3
Iran   3000         3000
Grand Total 3148 4863 3970 76 513 264 12834
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