Siemens Mobility completes contract for 2,000 kilometer high-speed rail system in Egypt

Siemens Mobility and its consortium partners Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors have signed a contract with the Egyptian National Tunneling Authority (NAT), a government authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of Egypt. The deal will see Egypt have the sixth largest high-speed rail system in the world.

The press release adds:

The 2,000 kilometer state-of-the-art high-speed rail network will connect 60 cities across the country, with trains that can run at up to 230 km/h. This means that approximately 90% of Egyptians will have access to this modern, safe and integrated rail system. With a modal shift to rail transport, the fully electrified network will reduce carbon emissions by 70% compared to current transport by car or bus, further supporting Egypt’s efforts to transform its mobility into more sustainable ones. Together with civil engineering partners Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors, Siemens Mobility will provide its full turnkey services to design, install, commission and maintain the entire system for 15 years.

“The new electrified railway network consolidates the successful cooperation between Egypt and Germany in the field of infrastructure and will represent a valuable addition to the Egyptian transport system, marking the beginning of a new era for the railway system in Egypt, in Africa, and the Middle East,” said His Excellency Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi.

“The opportunity to provide Egypt with a modern, safe and affordable transport system that will transform the daily lives of millions of Egyptians, create thousands of local jobs and reduce CO2 emissions in transport, is an honor for we. Not only will this promote economic growth, but it will also allow Egypt to take a leap forward in rail transport. With our latest technology in rolling stock, signaling and maintenance services, Egypt will have the sixth largest and most modern high-speed rail network in the world,” said Roland Busch. “Furthermore, this is the largest order in Siemens history!”

“This historic transport project is truly historic for Egypt and Siemens and we are honored to partner with the Ministry of Transport to reimagine the future of transport in Egypt. The extensive 2,000 km high-speed rail network will connect 60 cities and allow around 500 million journeys per year. It will connect the country like never before, fight pollution and global warming, while providing an efficient and reliable method for the movement of goods,” said Michael Peter. “Together with our partners, we will develop from scratch a comprehensive, state-of-the-art rail network that will provide a blueprint for the region on how to install an integrated, sustainable and modern transport system.

Egypt’s high-speed network will include three lines: The previously announced “Suez Canal on Rails”, a 660 kilometer line linking the port cities of Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to Marsa Matruh and Alexandria on the Mediterranean. And both rail lines signed today. The second line will stretch for about 1,100 kilometers and will link Cairo with Abu Simbel near the Sudanese border, linking the megacity to booming economic centers in the south. In addition, it will allow for the development of communities upstream and downstream of the Nile, which will subsequently provide additional opportunities for small family businesses to thrive. The third line will cover 225 kilometers. This line will connect the World Heritage archaeological sites of Luxor to Hurghada through the Red Sea. In addition, this rail link will significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of transporting goods and materials between the Port of Safaga and inland locations.

To support the installation of the rail network, the consortium will directly create up to 40,000 jobs in Egypt, with another 6,700 at Egyptian suppliers and indirectly through the wider Egyptian economy.

To equip the entire rail network, Siemens Mobility will supply trains based on its proven product platforms. This includes 41 eight-car Velaro high-speed trains, 94 four-car Desiro high-capacity regional trains and 41 Vectron freight locomotives. On all three lines, Siemens Mobility will install a safe and reliable signaling system based on European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 technology, as well as a power supply system that will provide efficient and continuous power.

Siemens Mobility will provide its latest digital products and platforms that will optimize network-wide operations for trains, rail infrastructure and subsystems. The Railigent digital application will be used to provide comprehensive asset management and maintenance to ensure the highest availability. Digitized repositories will enable seamless processes, from identifying issues to correcting them. Automated ticketing, digital station and power management solutions will help address station capacity and efficiency challenges.

Siemens Mobility’s share of the combined contract is €8.1 billion and includes the initial €2.7 billion contract for the first line signed on September 1, 2021.

Such an extensive high-speed rail system can have a transformative effect on the Egyptian economy. Siemens Stiftung”Testing Electric Mobility Business Models at WE Hub Victoria Limited in Kenya” report rightly emphasizes the importance of mobility by stating that Mobility is the basis for the overall development of a society: it allows people to access jobs, markets, social facilities and health care. Moreover, mobility itself creates jobs and plays an important role in protecting the environment as the mobility sector is one of the main contributors to CO2 emissions.

An efficient transport system is therefore essential to support the continued growth and development of a country of over 100 million people like Egypt. Siemens says the fully electrified network will reduce carbon emissions by 70% compared to current transport by car or bus, further supporting Egypt’s efforts to transform its mobility into more sustainable mobility and reduce travel time to at 50%. Egypt has also set targets for renewables to make up 42% of the country’s electricity mix by 2035, which will include rapid solar and wind deployment. This means that the Egyptian power grid will become cleaner over time, leading to even lower emissions.

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