Egypt seeks partnership with French companies to establish 2 locomotive factories

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Meeting of Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir and French Ambassador to Cairo Marc Barety on June 21, 2022. Press photo

CAIRO – June 22, 2022: Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir and French Ambassador to Cairo Marc Barety met on Tuesday for the former to present investment opportunities such as establishing a factory in Abu Zaabal for the manufacture of passenger wagons, and another to produce flanged train wheels.

Other opportunities include partnering with one of the French companies to develop, manage and operate the existing Abou Zaabal and Kom Abou Rady locomotive maintenance workshops.

The public-private partnership sought in these workshops is part of a plan to increase their productivity.

The two sides also discussed updates on Egypt’s agreed purchase of 55 air-conditioned wagons for Alstom’s first metro line, which will maintain the units for eight years through a workshop it will establish. in the country.

The minister and the ambassador also discussed Egypt’s requested acquisition of funding to purchase locomotives for the sixth line. Thus, Minister Kamel presented the developments of the studies in progress necessary for the realization of the project and the obtaining of financing.

They further discussed the ongoing implementation of the 98.5 kilometer monorail project, which is being executed by a consortium including Alstom, Orascom and Arab Contractors.

The talks also focused on the training of technicians, engineers and drivers working in the metro, both by sending batches to France and by calling on French experts.

The minister further proposed cooperation to double the railway line between Sherbin/Kafr El Sheikh/Qelin and Tanta/Mansoura/Damietta, all located in the Delta.

In 2021, Egypt and Alstom signed a contract for the delivery of 55 air-conditioned trainsets to be operated on the first line of the Cairo underground metro, which included maintenance operations for eight years.

The Metro’s first line was the first underground metro in Africa and the Middle East when it opened in 1987.

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