The Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) awarded CAF a train refurbishment contract for Cairo Line 1. Under the EUR 180 million contract, the Spanish company will modernise 23 metro trains running on Cairo metro Line 1. The contract will be financed with Spanish funds from the FIEM (Enterprise Internationalisation Fund).
The project will be completed in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation as is the manufacturer of the trains. Mitsubishi has also signed a memorandum of understanding with CAF and NAT for the future refurbishment of the Japanese trains that currently provide transport service on the Line 2.
The train refurbishment project also involves the maintenance of the units for a term of two years.
The trains will be refurbished at the NAT facilities in Kozzika, a newly built depot connected to the Cairo Metro Line 1. This will also be fitted out by CAF as part of the scope of this contract for this refurbishment work and subsequent train maintenance.
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 and 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.
Cairo is implementing programmes and projects to modernise its public transport system, particularly the metro system. In this context, NAT and Alstom signed a EUR 876 million contract for the supply of 55 metro trains which will enter operation on the Line 1. In addition, the French company has delivered the first two 4-car trains for city’s monorail project covering two lines which are expected to be opened in 2023. 70 Innovia 300 monorail trains will operate the new transport system.