EGYPT: A design, build and operate contract for two driverless monorail lines serving Cairo was signed by the National Authority for Tunnels and a consortium of Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors on August 5.
The consortium was named preferred bidder in May for the contract, which includes 30 years of operations and maintenance.
A 54 km line would connect east Cairo with the New Administrative City, offering a journey time of 60 min. The other line would run for 42 km between October 6 City and Giza in 42 min. Capacity would be 45 000 passengers/h per direction.
Orascom’s share of the US$4·5bn contract is around US$900m, and the company will be responsible for civil works.
Bombardier’s share is US$2·85bn and includes the supply of E&M systems including Cityflo 650 signalling, communications, an operations control centre, platform screen doors, a fare collection system, power supplies and depot equipment.
The manufacturer will also supply a fleet of 70 four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trainsets from its Derby factory in the UK.