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Electric High-Speed Rail Project

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Siemens Mobility, Orascom Construction (OC) and Arab Contractors have signed a contract with the government for the second phase of the planned 2k-km high-speed rail line

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi witnessed the signing of the contract, which will connect 60 cities nationwide via trains that can operate at up to 230 km/hour.

The consortium will design, install, commission and maintain the line for 15 years in what Siemens CEO Roland Busch called “the biggest order” in the company’s history.

To equip the rail network, Siemens Mobility will deliver trains based on its proven product platforms. This includes 41 Velaro eight-car high-speed trains, 94 Desiro high-capacity four-car regional train sets, and 41 Vectron freight locomotives.

On all three lines, Siemens Mobility will install a safe and reliable signaling system based on the European Train Control System, as well as the power supply system that will deliver efficient and continuous energy.

Siemens Mobility will also provide its latest digital products and platforms that will optimise operations throughout the network for trains, rail infrastructure, and subsystems.

Orascom is entering a joint venture with Arab Contractors to cover “the supply and installation of track works, installation of signaling and overhead catenary systems, telecommunication system, and traction power substations''. It will maintain the track and telecoms system for the 15-year period.

The country’s first high-speed rail network will include three lines and will enable about 500 million journeys annually, where the network will be accessible by around 90 percent of Egyptians.

The Egyptian high-speed network will consist of three lines: The already announced “Suez Canal on rails", a 660-kilometre line connecting the port cities of Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea to Marsa Matrouh and Alexandria on the Mediterranean. And the two rail lines that were signed on May 28.

Along with this, the second line will be about 1,100km long and run between Cairo and Abu Simbel near the Sudan border, linking the megacity to rising economic centres in the south.

The third line will cover 225 kilometres, connecting the world heritage archaeological sites in Luxor with Hurghada by the Red Sea.

This will be the sixth-longest and most-modern high-speed rail network in the world. The project will connect 60 cities nationwide, with trains running at up to 230 km/h. This means that approximately 90% of Egyptians will have access to this modern, safe, and integrated rail system.

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