Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has awarded Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami a EGP105.5m ($6m) contract for the supervision and implementation of the first phase of the electrified light rail transit (LRT).

The contract was directly negotiated between the client and Khatib & Alami. Construction of the LRT is expected to begin within two months.

MEED earlier reported that NAT signed a $1.24bn contract with a consortium of Chinese firms for a 66km light rail network that wil extend from the under-construction new administrative capital city with Greater Cairo, including Al-Salam City, Ramadan 10 City, Obour City, Badr City and Shorouk City.

The main contractors are China’s AVIC International and China Railway Group.

MEED understands the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China will provide funding for the project.

The LRT is designed to accommodate 340,000 passengers daily, and is aiming to reduce traffic on the Cairo-Ismailia highway by about 30 percent.