Egypt’s first-ever high-speed rail line to be completed in 2023

Egypt signed an agreement for a 1000 kilometre high-speed rail network with Siemens Mobility and local companies. Work on the first section of 460 kilometre will start immediately and will take two years, according to a statement by the spokesman of Egypt’s president. The entire high-speed rail network has a value of 19 billion euros.

The agreement between Egypt and Siemens comprises the design, installation and commissioning of Egypt’s first ever high-speed rail transportation system. The National Authority for Tunnels, a governmental authority under the Ministry of Transport of Egypt, and Siemens Mobility signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) together with local companies Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors on January 14. Additionally, Siemens Mobility will provide the high-speed and regional trains, locomotives, rail infrastructure, system integration and 15 years of services.

The initial 460 kilometre phase would include 15 stations and is to be completed in two years, following a statement published on the Facebook page of the presidency spokesman after a meeting between Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Siemens President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser. Work on this initial section, worth 2.5 billion euros, will start immediately according to the statement.

Signing of the MoU (from left): Chairman of Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels Essam Waly and Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter.

The first 460 kilometre long high-speed line will connect the developing cities of El-Alamein on the Mediterranean Sea to Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea, while also passing through the New Administrative Capital that is under construction. The line will also be operable for freight transport, which will further foster economic growth in the region.

Boost for the country

“Our digital leadership and comprehensive turnkey services will bring an integrated and state of the art high-speed rail system, that will provide a technology boost for the country and create local jobs, said Michael Peter, CEO Siemens Mobility. “The system will significantly enhance passenger experience and reduce travel time for millions of Egyptian people.”

Osama Bishai, CEO of Orascom Construction, commented: “This project will connect distant parts of Egypt in a sustainable manner while contributing to the infrastructure and economic development of the country.”

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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