Fugro engineers inspect Cairo monorail project

Fugro investigates Cairo monorail project

Fugro has concluded the second contract for the large-scale urban project in Egypt. The Dutch technology company will provide a geophysical and geotechnical investigation of the planned second line of the Cairo monorail project. After completing the construction works, the monorail system will improve connectivity in the Greater Cairo region.

As a contractor, Fugro will perform expertise of the land site dedicated to the second line of the planned Cairo monorail. To this end, the Dutch company will deploy up to 15 geotechnical drilling rigs along the 42-kilometre line. The advanced testing on the soil samples will take place in Fugro’s IAS-accredited laboratory in Cairo.

“We are constantly striving to improve our service offering and deliver a comprehensive range of site investigation services that allow our clients to forge ahead with the design and construction of their strategic projects,” said Mohamed Mostafa, Business Line Director for Land Site Characterisation at Fugro.

Cairo monorail project

The planned Cairo monorail system will have two routes. The first line will have a length of 54 kilometres and link East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital. The second line, where Fugro will provide its investigation, will link 6th October City to Giza. According to the estimations, the entire Cairo monorail network will be able to carry circa 45,00 passengers per hour in each direction.

Fast transport

Bombardier Transportation will produce and deliver 70 vehicles of Innovia Monorail 300 type to Cairo. They are able to run at a speed of up to 80 kilometres per hour. Therefore, the passengers will receive a fast and reliable mode of transport: the travel time between the termini will take around 60 minutes for the first route and 42 minutes for the second line. In addition, Bombardier Transportation and its Egyptian partners, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will maintain the Cairo monorail network for 30 years.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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