Joint venture tipped to win first phase of metro project

A consortium of Spanish rail construction firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Egyptian railway company SEMAF is tipped to pick up the rolling stock contract for the US $668 million (EGP3.8 billion) first phase of the Cairo Metro's third line by the end of June.

The first subway line on the Cairo Metro, which runs beneath the River Nile, was opened in 1999 to relieve traffic congestion in the city.
The first subway line on the Cairo Metro, which runs beneath the River Nile, was opened in 1999 to relieve traffic congestion in the city.

A consortium of Spanish rail construction firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Egyptian railway company SEMAF is tipped to pick up the rolling stock contract for the US $668 million (EGP3.8 billion) first phase of the Cairo Metro's third line by the end of June.

Line three will be constructed in four phases. France's Systra has won the $701,000 consultancy contract for phase one and two and is also expected to pick up a $11.4 million supervision contract for phase one.

A consortium of Alstom, Alcatel and Alstom Egypt has won the signalling contract, while a consortium of Vossloh and Orascom has taken the track works contract.

A single contract for the civil works and electro mechanical works has been awarded to two consortia including one of Vinci, Arab Construction, Orascom and Bouygues and the second to Amec Spie, Orascom and Alstom Egypt.

"Construction on line three will begin next month," said Saad Hassan Shehata, chairman, National Authority for Tunnels.

"It's taken us four years to get our finances in order but we're now ready to put this ambitious plan into action."

The new route for line three runs from Cairo International Airport in the east to Imbaba in the west, passing through Heliopolis, Abbasiya, Attaba and Zamalek.

In addition, a branch line will connect the main line from Kit Kat Square to Mohandeseen.

The total length of the line will be 34.2km with 29 Stations, 27 of which will be underground.

Phase one, which will be 4.3km long and run underground, is expected to be ready by 2011. It will be the central section of the route, between Abbasiya and Attaba, where there will be an interchange with line two. There will be five underground stations.

Phase two, stretching across 6.2km and costing $501 million will continue the underground line eastwards from Abbasiya to Al Ahram (Heliopolis) with four underground stations.

Construction of this phase is expected to take two years and will be ready by 2013.

CAF is a Spanish company dealing in design, manufacture, maintenance and supply of equipment and components for railway systems.

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