Bombardier consortium wins £3.7bn contract to build two monorail lines in Egypt

WCN Editorial Team 6 Aug 2019 AFRICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Canadian manufacturing group Bombardier Transportation, in consortium with Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors, has signed a contract worth more than $4.5bn (£3.7bn) for the construction of two new monorail lines in Egypt.

Under the contract, which was awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo, Egypt, the consortium will be responsible for the design and construction for the two new monorail lines.

The consortium will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years when completed.

The first monorail line, which will be 54km long, will extend from East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital while the 42km-long second line will connect 6th October City to Giza.

The two lines will have the capacity to transport around 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

As part of the Contract, Orascom Construction will be responsible for the design and construction of all infrastructure and civil works, including stations, guideway structures and new depot buildings.

Bombardier will be responsible for the design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical (E&M) equipment for the two lines.

The firm’s scope of supply includes 70 four-car BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (280 cars), BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 signalling and automatic train control technology, the Operation Control Centre, communication systems, platform screen doors and fare collection, power supply/power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment.

Additionally, Bombardier will provide the overall E&M system integration, project management, systems engineering and integration, test and commissioning for the trains and signalling as well as operations and maintenance of the vehicles and wayside systems.

Bombardier Transportation president Danny Di Perna said: “Our INNOVIA Monorail 300 technology has proved to be a game changer in the industry, as it allows fast construction of high capacity transit lines at lower costs.

“With its advanced technology, unmatched safety features and attractive aerodynamic design, this proven platform will dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of residents by significantly reducing their daily commuting time as well as reducing traffic congestion and its impact on the city.”

The contract, however, is subject to final signatures of supplementary documents.

Orascom Construction CEO Osama Bishai said: “We continue to play an integral role in the development of Egypt’s infrastructure, and are proud to be part of this prestigious project to build mass transportation across Cairo, the New Administrative Capital, Giza and 6th of October City.”

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Image: Officials from Bombardier Transportation among others during the agreement-signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier Transport.

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