Siemens delivers first of 176 Desiro electric trains in Egypt
Siemens Mobility has delivered a Desiro High-Capacity train to Alexandria – the very first of 176 trains for Egypt. These fully electric trains boast a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. according to the rolling stock manufacturer. They will be put to use on three new train lines to be built in the country, also by Siemens.
In May 2022, Siemens Mobility concluded an agreement with the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an entity operating under the Ministry of Transport in Egypt, alongside consortium partners Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors. This landmark contract marks the commencement of a project aimed at establishing an extensive high-speed rail network spanning approximately 2,000 kilometres throughout Egypt, from scratch. This rail system will connect 60 cities, serving both passenger and freight transportation needs across the nation. Upon completion, this initiative is poised to rank as the sixth largest high-speed rail system globally, promising significant advancements in transportation efficiency and connectivity for Egypt.
Under this turnkey contract, Siemens Mobility is set to deliver a fleet of 41 Velaro high-speed trains with eight cars each, 94 Desiro regional train sets featuring four cars optimised for high capacity, and 41 Vectron freight locomotives. Additionally, the project encompasses the integration of cutting-edge rail infrastructure technology, the construction of eight depots and yards, and a 15-year maintenance agreement to ensure long-term operational excellence. The total contract value for Siemens Mobility, in collaboration with its consortium partners, stands at 8.1 billion euros, including the initial contract of 2.7 billion euros that was inked on September 1, 2021. The timeline for the completion of the project has not yet been shared by Siemens.
A brand-new 2000-kilometre network
To keep Egypt moving, the new rail system will provide efficient and safe transportation for people and goods, says Siemens. The 2,000-kilometre-long rail network, which will connect the country’s economic and development hotspots, will consist of three lines. Across all three rail lines, Siemens Mobility will implement a signalling system founded on European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 technology. Additionally, the project will include the establishment of a power supply system.
The first part of the major network will be 660 kilometres of track connecting the port cities of Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean. This section will offer an electrified commuter system for Greater Cairo. The second line will be about 1,100 kilometres long and run between Greater Cairo and Abu Simbel near the Sudan border, supporting urban development to the south. The third line will cover 225 kilometres, connecting the archaeological World Heritage sites in Luxor with Hurghada and Safaga harbour by the Red Sea and easing freight transport to Egypt’s inland. This will enable faster delivery of goods by creating a rail link from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, a “Suez Canal on tracks” that will extend through the entire country.