Wabtec: Ride like an Egyptian


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William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

Wabtec signed contracts with the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) on November 8 for the supply of 100 ES30ACi Evolution Series locomotives with a multi-year service and maintenance contract. The agreement, said Wabtec, “supports ENR’s continued modernization effort by providing the latest fuel-efficient locomotives needed for the growing demands on Egyptian rail infrastructure.

The ES30ACi locomotive is a double cab unit “offering the best fuel efficiency in its class, the lowest total cost of ownership and high performance in high temperature environments,” said Wabtec. It will be equipped with a 3,300 horsepower 12-cylinder Evolution Series engine, AC traction technology, individual axle control and dynamic brakes. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development funded the locomotive contract. Wabtec plans to deliver the locomotives to ENR in 2023.

To celebrate the agreement, several dignitaries from the Ministry, ENR and Wabtec attended a signing ceremony, including: HE Kamal El Wazir, Minister of Transport; Engineer Mostafa Abu El Makarem, President of ENR; and Gökhan Bayhan, senior vice president of Wabtec for Russia / CIS, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

From left to right, front: ENR President Eng. Mostafa Abo El Makarem; Wabtec Vice President of Sales Europe, Middle East and North Africa Ashfaq Nainar. Rear: Islam Fathy, Managing Director of Wabtec Transportation Egypt; Wabtec CIS / Russia / Middle East / Europe Senior Vice President Gokhan Bayhan; Egyptian Minister of Transport HE Kamel El Wazir.

“This order underscores the commitment of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport and National Railways to providing world-class passenger service,” Bayhan said. “These locomotives will provide the quality, performance and reliability necessary to meet the needs of the Egyptian rail network. With this agreement, we will help the Egyptian National Railways move passengers and products faster and more efficiently. “

US Embassy Cairo Deputy Chief of Mission Nicole Shampaine said, “We are delighted to see this important agreement as proof of the close economic partnership between the United States and Egypt. US companies like Wabtec are delivering value, efficiency and reliability to Egypt as the country modernizes its rail system and pursues its “Vision 2030” sustainability strategy. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Ministry of Transport on future projects to modernize the growing transport sector in Egypt. “

Wabtec said it “has been a committed partner in Egypt for over 40 years,” a relationship that dates back to GE Transportation, which Wabtec acquired in February 2019. “With this agreement, the company will have more than 300 locomotives in the ENR fleet. . This agreement builds on our long-standing partnership with the Ministry of Transport and ENR.


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