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Alstom contracted with Egypts National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to provide a signalling and telecommunications system, leading a consortium with Thales, and infrastructure, working with Colas Rail, Orascom and ARABCO for the third phase of Cairos metro line 3 which is being built at the moment. The contracts are worth a total of approximately 190 million. Line 3 of the Cairo metro is planned to be finished in early 2022.
Cairos metro transports 3 million passengers a day. This is expected to reach 5 million passengers by 2020. The 78km long metro network comprises two finished lines, with a third partly running by reason of the construction taking place on different schedules. This line, in the subsequent phase of production, will see an additional 17.7 km and 15 stations being built. Once the extension has taken place, line 3 will be capable of transporting more than 1.5 million passengers a day.
Alstom will deliver its signalling solution Urbalis including Iconis at the operating control centre, in addition to point machines and station signalling equipment. The solution will allow secure, smooth and comfortable journeys for passengers and allow for a short headway between trains.
Alstom will also deliver electromechanical equipment, comprising power substations to feed the third rail, ventilation systems and elevators/escalators. This apparatus will deliver safety and comfort to travellers.
Gian-Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice-President of Alstom for the Middle East and Africa said:
We are pleased that NAT has entrusted Alstom with these new contracts. These new projects will undoubtedly strengthen our partnership with NAT that started more than 30 years ago. We are committed to accompany our customer in the further development of Cairos metro network to meet the growing demand for mobility.
Alstom has delivered Metropolis trains, in addition to infrastructure, signalling and services solutions for lines 1 and 2 of Cairo Metro, and has been given phases 1, 2 and 4a of line 3. Alstom also won a contract to update the signalling systems on the regional railway line from Beni Suef to Asyut.
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