Siemens Mobility trains for Egypt

EGYPT: NGE subsidiary TSO has signed a contract with Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors for the supply and installation of trackwork for 330 km of high speed line in Egypt.

The 25 kV 50 Hz electrified line is to connect the port of Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea with Borg El Arab, southwest of Alexandria, via 6th October City, and is being developed as part of the country’s ‘Suez Canal on Tracks’ programme.

The contract announced on February 23 covers the double-track alignment and more than 100 turnouts. NGE said it will also provide ‘expertise, human and material resources’ to support the project. Construction work is due to start later this year; NGE did not disclose the contract value.

‘We are proud to make a significant contribution to this project, which will provide nearly 90% of the Egyptian population with access to fast and reliable public transport’, said Orso Vesperini, COO of international and major projects at NGE. ‘It will also make a significant contribution to sustainability by shifting freight traffic to rail and stimulating Egypt’s economic development.’

The Egyptian new line programme covers the development of three electrified lines totalling 1 800 km, delivery of which is being led by a consortium of Siemens Mobility, Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors.