The National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed a $656m contract with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem to supply rolling stock for lines 2 and 3 of the Cairo Metro.
Hyundai will deliver the units in consortium with the local NERIC (National Egyptian Railway Industries Company). Hyundai said its share of the 70-month contract is worth $563m.
Along with other major rail projects across the country, including a high-speed rail line, various elements of the Cairo Metro network are being upgraded. In March, Egypt and France signed a government-to-government financing protocol for Alstom’s €876m ($1bn) contract to supply and maintain rolling stock for the Cairo Metro's Line 1.
The protocol enables the financing for the supply of 55 Metropolis trains (9 cars per train) with an eight-year maintenance period. Alstom was awarded the contract by NAT last year.
In June, NAT awarded France’s Thales, Colas Rail, also of France, and the local Orascom Construction a new contract to design and build the telecommunications, centralised control and ticketing systems for Cairo Metro Line 4 phase 1.
The Line 4 project involves the development of a 42-kilometre line and 35 stations, in two development phases.
The first phase will connect the centre of Greater Cairo to the Giza Pyramid Complex in Southwest Greater Cairo. It is expected to take six years to complete and covers the delivery of 19km of line with 16 stations, a depot and an operations control centre.
Phase 2 will be delivered later and includes an additional 23.5km of line, 19 stations and 92 trains.
A consortium of the local Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, Petrojet and Concord for Engineering & Contracting is working on the civil works package for the first phase of Line 4.
Rail has become an important market for contractors and suppliers working in the region in recent years, with major schemes planned in North Africa and the GCC.
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