Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority (Nuca) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canada-based Bombardier to study the establishment of a monorail from Nasr City to New Cairo and the new administrative capital.

The scope of the MoU entails the conduct of economic and financial feasibility studies, local media reported citing Mazen Hassan, Nuca vice chairman.

The study will be conducted in cooperation with Egypt’s Transport Ministry.

The monorail scheme will cater to the new administrative capital, which is expected to be completed between 2022 and 2023.

The Canadian firm also leads one of two consortiums being considered for the planned monorail scheme in Greater Cairo.

Announced in 2015, the first monorail scheme will extend 35 kilometres from 6th October City and Sheikh Zayed City to the transport networks in Greater Cairo.

It is understood that the contract for the Greater Cairo monnorail is being reviewed by the Prime Minister’s office, whose approval is required before the contract is awarded to the preferred bidder.

The other consortium  vying for the Greater Cairo monorail contract is led by China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC).