Bombardier named preferred bidder for $3.3bn Cairo monorail

If picked, Canadian firm will build project in partnership with Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors

Egypt's planned $3.3bn monorail project.
Egypt's planned $3.3bn monorail project.

Bombardier, a Canada-headquartered manufacturer of rail transport systems, has been named the preferred bidder to build and supply services for a $3.4bn monorail system in Egypt’s capital Cairo, with transport division, Bombardier Transportation, to build the project – which will connect East Cairo with New Administrative City and 6th October City to Giza – in partnership with Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors.

The potential value of the bid for Bombardier Transportation is $1.3bn for the design and build contract, the group said in a statement.

An operations and maintenance deal spanning at least 15 years, with a potential value of roughly $1.2bn, is also included in the scope, and Bombardier said the order award is subject to contract and final confirmation.

The rolling stock part of the order will be developed and built in Derby, UK.

The $3.4bn project consists of two monorail lines.

One is a 54km track connecting the country’s 700km2 New Administration Capital – located approximately 45km east of the current capital – with East Cairo.

A second 42km line will connect 6th October City with Giza on the west bank of the Nile river.

July 2017 saw Egypt sign an agreement with Bombardier to finance and construct Cairo’s sixth metro line.

Tarek Gamal El-Din, chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels, signed the deal in Cairo with Laurent Bouyer, Bombardier’s then vice president of marketing and sales for Western Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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