France’s energy and transportation company, Alstom finalized an agreement with the Egyptian government to renovate Cairo’s main subway line. The contract, which will be finalized this week, will commission Alstom to repair 52 three-carriage trains for the line that connects El Marg in the north to Helwan in the south, confirmed an official joint French-Egyptian statement.
The Cairo metro, which eases the transportation problems of a city of 16 million people, was initially built in the 1980’s by the French-led consortium Interinfra, the Cairo Metro Company and the French engineering group SYSTRA. The train’s carriages were initially built by Alstom.
Alstom has been active in Egypt since the 1930’s. Its major references in the country vary between power plants such as Abu Qir, and Damietta and turnkey substations like Cairo West. Alstom also developed transport train units and signaling for Cairo Metro and the Egyptian National Railways as well as pumping Stations in Wadi El Nuqra and Kom Ombo. — (menareport.com)
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