Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels plans to start the bidding process on the third phase of its Cairo metro Line 3 project in October, sources close to the scheme tell MEED.

The construction of Line 3 has been broken down into four phases, with each phase again broken down into a series of construction deals. France’s Systra, which is the consultant on the expansion of the Cairo metro, is expected to have completed the tender documents for the construction of the first part of phase three by the end of July.

Cairo Metro Line 3
Phase Length Completion
1 5.5km 2011
2 7.2km 2013
3a 4km n/a
3b 5.7km n/a
3c 6.9km 2017
3d n/a n/a
Source: MEED Projects

The design guidelines for the first construction deal are now complete, says one source closely involved with the project. Line 3 will run to almost 40 kilometres upon completion.

The first part of phase three will be 4km long, running from Attaba Station to Kit Kat Station in the west of the city and it will have four underground stations.

The second part will be 5.7km and will run from Kit Kat Station to Rod el-Farag in the north of Cairo and will have six stations plus a workshop.

The third part of phase three will be 6.9km and will run from Kit Kat Station to junction of Line 2 at Cairo University Station in the south of the city.

Work is already under way on the first and second phases of Line 3. A consortium of France’s Alstom and the local Orascom Construction Industries is working on this phase, which involves the construction of a 5.5 kilometre section of track with five underground stations. It is scheduled for completion in October 2011.

Phase two involves the construction of a 7.2 kilometre section of track with four underground stations. France’s Vinci leads the consortium that won the civil engineering contract for phase two in June.

A fourth phase of the line will connect the airport to the centre of the city.

Cairo also plans to develop another three lines to add a further 60 kilometres to the metro network by 2022 (MEED 11:1:10).