Spanish train manufacturer CAF has been awarded a contract to refurbish 23 units on the Cairo metro.
The work has been awarded for trains on Line 1 by state company NAT (National Authority for Tunnels), which is responsible for managing the Cairo metro.
CAF has been asked to completely refurbish the units, fit out the new Kozzika maintenance depot, and maintain the units for two years. The contract is worth almost €180 million and will be financed with Spanish funds from the FIEM (Enterprise Internationalisation Fund).
The scope of the work which will be performed on the units will include upgrading the main systems and items associated with train availability and safety, including the traction system under CAF power & automation integration, as well as improving other areas which are more concerned with unit aesthetics and passenger comfort, with this including the installation of air-conditioning equipment on the units.
The project will be completed in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation, which supplied the trains originally. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with CAF and NAT for the future refurbishment of trains on Line 2 of the Cairo Metro system. This confirms the long-standing record of commercial cooperation of the CAF Group with Mitsubishi.
The Cairo metro network, inaugurated in 1987, is the oldest network in Africa and the Middle East, with three lines operating to date, and a fourth line under construction. Line 1, which the trains to be refurbished run on, has 35 stations on a 44-kilometre route that crosses the Egyptian capital city from the El Marg district to the Helwan area, in the southern part of the city.
Egypt is currently pursuing a plan to expand and improve its transport infrastructures and systems, thereby transforming the country into a growing market where a number of business opportunities have opened up.