Alstom signs Egypt’s largest contract for its oldest metro

Alstom has been awarded an 876 million euro contract for the upgrade of the Cairo Metro Line 1 by the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) . The contract consists of 55 Metropolis trains and an 8 year-maintenance contract, and is financed by the French Government.

The agreement was signed last Monday 08 November during the fourth edition of Smart Transport, Logistics and Traffic Fair and Forum for the MEA region (TransMEA 2021) that started on Sunday. This contract is one of several cooperation agreements between France and Egypt for the financing of several development projects in Egypt worth 4 billion euros . This was announced last June by the French Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire.

This contract consists of 55 Metropolis trains and an 8-year-maintenance contract. Metropolis train is a 9-car train, a total of 495 cars that will be designed and manufactured in Valenciennes Petite-Forêt, a commune in the Nord department in northern France. In addition, other sites of Alstom in the same country will contribute for their delivery: Le Creusot for the bogies and motor integration, Villeurbanne for the passenger information systems, and Toulouse for electrical engineering.

Digital solutions

The Metropolis trains will perform using digital solutions that will allow real-time passenger information, dynamic route maps, video displays and video surveillance. It incorporate Alstom’s solution called HealthHub TM for condition-based and predictive maintenance. The latter, according to Alstom, optimises the lifecycle costs and saves up to 20 per cent in preventive maintenance labour and 15 per cent in materials consumption through data collection.

More than 25 cities in the world have ordered Metropolis cars, 5.500 are already sold. 380 of them since 1998 are driverless and they carry out 10.000 to more than 70.000 passengers per hour per direction.

Andrew de Leone, President Middle East for Alstom and H.E. Kamel El-Wazir, the Egyptian Minister for Transport shake hands after signing the contract

Metro upgrade for largest city in the Middle East

Cairo Metro Line 1 is the oldest line in the country and even in Africa and Arabian countries, in service since 1987. This line was created in three phases for a total length of 44,3 kilometres, carrying more than 2.5 billion passengers per day. It has 35 stations connecting El Marg metro station to Helwan.

This upgrade is expected for a city with an estimated population in 2021 of over 21 billion, making it not only the largest city in the country but also the largest city in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and one of the largest cities in Africa and the world.

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Author: Amine Aloui

Amine Aloui is Railway Signalling & Telecom Engineer

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