Wed, 12 May 2021 - 10:25 GMT
FILE – Transmashholding passenger railcar upon arrival in Egypt's Alexandria Port
CAIRO – 12 May 2021: The ministry of Transportation that 375 out of 1,300 Transmashholding railcars have been delivered until present since June 2020.
A contract worth €1 billion was signed with Transmashholding to supply 1,300 railcars. Those include 500 dynamic-ventilation third-class units, 500 air-conditioned third-class units, 180 air-conditioned second-class units, 90 air-conditioned first-class units, and 30 air-conditioned cabooses.
The deal was a must given that only 2,200 passenger railcars out of 3,200 were functional.
As those require well-functioning engines, Minister of Transportation Kamel al-Wazir stated in April that LE53 billion were allocated to the purchase of new train engines, and the rehabilitation of 400 out of the 800 existing ones.
The ministry signed a contract worth $602 million with General Electric to acquire 110 new train engines and rehabilitate 81 others. The company would also supply spare parts and carry out maintenance for 15 years. The 110 new train engines have been supplied and 21 existing ones have been rehabilitated.
Another contract was signed with ProgressRail for it to supply 50 train engines, upgrade 50 existing ones, and rehabilitate 41 others. A maintenance contract worth $466.1 million was signed with the same company to maintain those 141 engines over 15 years. The company has supplied 16 train engines, and 134 tractor engines, and rehabilitated 30 others. The ministry will also invite tenders soon to acquire 100 train engines with a fund worth €290 million offered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Another contract worth €157 million was signed with Talgo to supply six trains along with engines and carry out maintenance for seven years.