Siemens Mobility, along with Orascom Construction and The Arabic Contractors, has signed an agreement with the Egyptian National Tunnel Office (NAT), a government agency under the Egyptian Ministry of Transport, to build the world’s sixth-largest high-speed rail system. Siemens Mobility’s share in the total contract is 8.1 billion euros.
The 2,000-kilometer high-speed railway network will connect 60 cities in the country and trains will be able to run at 230 km / h. This means that about 90% of Egyptians will have access to this modern, safe and integrated railway system. By switching to rail transport, a fully electrified network will reduce carbon emissions by 70 percent compared to current road or bus transport, and will further support Egypt’s efforts to make traffic more sustainable. Together with construction partners Orascom Construction and The Arabic Contractors, Siemens Mobility will provide full turnkey service for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the entire system for 15 years.
The new electrified railway network will strengthen effective infrastructure cooperation and mark the beginning of a new era for the railway system in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, making it a valuable addition to Egypt’s transport system, His Excellency said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
We are honored to provide Egypt with a modern, safe and affordable transportation system that will change the daily lives of millions of Egyptians, create thousands of jobs and reduce CO2 emissions in transport. This project will not only contribute to economic growth, but also allow Egypt to make progress in the field of railway transport. Roland Bush said that thanks to our latest technologies for vacancies, alarms and maintenance, Egypt will have the sixth largest and most modern high-speed railway network in the world.
We are honored to work with the Ministry of Transport to re-imagine the future of transport in Egypt. The 2,000-kilometer-long, high-speed rail network will connect 60 cities and allow about 500 million trips a year. It will unite the country as never before, contribute to the fight against environmental pollution and global warming, and provide an efficient and reliable way of transporting goods. Together with our partners, we will create a complete and modern railway network from scratch, which will be an example for the whole region, an example of how to create an integrated, sustainable and modern transport system, said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
Egypt’s high-speed railway network will consist of three lines:
- The first line is a 660-kilometer route connecting the port cities of Ain Sokhna in the Red Sea with Marsa Matrouh and Alexandria in the Mediterranean.
- The second line, about 1,100 kilometers long, runs between Cairo and Abu Simbel, near the border with Sudan, and will connect the big city with the growing economic centers of the south.
- The length of the third line will be 225 km. It will connect the world heritage sites in Luxor with Hurghada in the Red Sea. In addition, this railway connection will significantly increase the efficiency and sustainability of the transportation of goods and materials between the port of Safaga and the hinterland.
The consortium will directly create about 40,000 jobs in connection with the construction of the railway network. Jobs in Egypt and an additional 6.7 thousand. With Egyptian suppliers and indirectly with the entire Egyptian economy.
To supply the entire railway network, Siemens Mobility will provide trains based on its proven platforms, which include:
- 41 eight-car Velaro high-speed trains
- 94 high-capacity four-car Desiro regional train
- 41 Vectron freight locomotives
On all three lines, Siemens Mobility will install a safe and reliable alarm system based on the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 technology, as well as an energy system that will ensure efficient and uninterrupted power supply.
Siemens Mobility will present the latest digital products and platforms that will optimize the operation of trains, railway infrastructure and subsystems throughout the network. The Railigent digital application will be used for comprehensive asset management and maintenance to ensure maximum accessibility. Digital repositories will allow for smooth processes from problem identification to troubleshooting. Automated ticket sales, digital substations and energy management solutions will help you solve your station’s capacity and efficiency problems.