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Siemens will build turnkey Egypt's first high-speed rail

Siemens will build turnkey Egypt's first high-speed rail
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01 / 09 / 2021

By the Siemens Mobility`s official information, The Egyptian National Tunnel Authority (NAT) has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to build a state-of-the-art rail system in the country, including the first high-speed electrified line for mixed passenger and freight trains.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens Mobility, together with Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors, will design, build, turnkey, commission and maintain within 15 years the first high-speed line with a length of 660 km, which will connect Ain Sokhna on the coast of the Red Sea Gulf of Suez with the cities of Mersa -Matruch and Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. The project will cost $ 4.5 billion, with Siemens Mobility accounting for approximately $ 3 billion. The contract was signed in the presence of Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

The project also includes the supply of high-speed trains of the Velaro family, regional high-capacity trains of the Desiro family and Vectron locomotives for freight transport. The line will be equipped with the European ETCS level 2 radio train control system and microprocessor-based centralization systems, as well as a modern traction power supply system. In addition, Siemens Mobility is responsible for the supply and implementation of communication and security systems. Its partners will undertake the construction of the railway track and artificial structures.

It is expected that the first line of the HSR will be used by 30 million passengers annually. In addition, the line will improve the transport situation in the Cairo region, whose population has reached 20 million people. It is also predicted that the volume of freight rail traffic in the country will grow by 15%.

This is the first contract signed under an agreement of intent signed in January 2021. It was also agreed to hold negotiations in the coming months on the construction of two more high-speed lines in Egypt (including the supply of trains and maintenance) and the conclusion of corresponding contracts, which will increase the length of the high-speed lines. in the country up to 1800 km.