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Siemens to build Egypt’s first high-speed rail network

CAIRO, January 17, 2021

Siemens Mobility has signed an agreement with Egypt to design, install and commission the country’s first ever high-speed rail transportation system with a network of around 1000km, with the first being a 460km project valued around $3 billion.

The National Authority for Tunnels, a governmental authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of Egypt, and Siemens Mobility signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) - together with the local companies Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
The scope of the project includes turnkey engineering, procurement and construction as well as 15 years of maintenance services.

The MoU was signed by Essam Waly, Chairman of Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels, and Michael Peter, CEO Siemens Mobility, in a meeting on January 14 in Cairo. This was witnessed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Transport Egypt Kamel Al Wazir, as well as Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and Siemens Deputy CEO Roland Busch.

"We are honoured and proud to expand our trustful partnership with Egypt. By building a high efficiency rail system for the country, we will support the Egyptian people with affordable, clean and reliable transportation," said Joe Kaeser, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG.

"After the highly successful energy Mega project, we are now keen to repeat this visionary spirit in the mobility sector together with our partners."

Michael Peter, CEO Siemens Mobility, said: “We are delighted that the Ministry of Transport is seeking to put their trust in us to deliver this important project. 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. The system will significantly enhance passenger experience and reduce travel time for millions of Egyptian people.”

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

Siemens Mobility is the global leader in high-speed rail operations and is one of the leading companies in the Egyptian mobility market since the 1960s. The company has also extensive experience in delivering high-speed rail projects in the Middle East and Africa region.

As a leading global rail turnkey project provider with a proven track record of delivering projects on time, Siemens Mobility integrates its portfolio elements and delivers complete rail systems reliably and from one single source.

So far, the company has successfully completed around 50 turnkey projects all over the world – delivering many ahead of schedule. Latest projects include the extension of the Blue Line metro in Bangkok finished last year and the Copenhagen Light Rail project. – TradeArabia News Service


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