Consortium led by Bombardier to build $4.5bn Egypt monorail

Orascom Construction will design and build infrastructure and civil works

TheEgypt monorail will connect East Cairo with the New Administrative Capital and 6th October City with Giza.
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TheEgypt monorail will connect East Cairo with the New Administrative Capital and 6th October City with Giza.

Airlines manufacturer Bombardier’s mobility solution providing arm, Bombardier Transportation, alongside Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors have inked an agreement with National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo to design and build two monorail lines in Egypt, under a contract value exceeding $4.5bn.

Upon completion of construction, the consortium will operate and maintain (O&M) both the lines for 30 years.

In a statement, Bombardier Transportation said that its share of the megaproject is $2.9bn, while Orascom Construction’s share for the overall contract is nearly $900m. The agreement is subject to final signatures of supplementary documents.

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

According to Bombardier Transportation, the two lines will transport nearly 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction when full capacity of the project is reached.

As part of the project, Nasdaq Dubai- and Egyptian Stock Exchange-listed Orascom Construction will design and build all infrastructure and civil works, including stations, guideway structures and new depot buildings.

Chief executive officer of Orascom Construction, Osama Bishai, said in a statement: “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."

The CEO, who ranked 10th on the 2019 Construction Week Power 100 list, said that the contract win highlighted Orascom Construction’s position as the partner of choice for international contractors on “challenging projects” in Egypt.

Bombardier will design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical (E&M) equipment for the two lines including 70 four-car Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 trains comprising 280 cars.

In addition to 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, will come under its remit.

The Montreal-based company will also 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.

President of Bombardier Transportation, 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."

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