General Electric train engines arriving in Alexandria Seaport on March 31, 2020. Press Photo
CAIRO - 31 March 2020: The second batch of 110 train engines supplied by General Electric arrived in Alexandria Seaport on Tuesday, as 20 units were received by Minister of Transportation Kamel al-Wazir.
The train engines were put on the railways at the port,and will be transported to the sorting workshop at Cairo Railway Station to be prepared for operation. The ship, quay, and train engines were sterilized uponthe arrival.
The first batch consisted of 10 train engines, and those were the first to join the fleet since 2009, according to the minister, who revealed that General Electric finished the manufacturing of 20 other train engines and that they will be delivered on schedule.
The contract, worth $602.05 million, provides that the company also rehabilitates 81 engines of the current fleet at Tebin Workshop in Cairo, and supplies spare parts for 15 days in addition to offering technical support.
The minister stated that the rehabilitation of six train engines is over, and that ERA envoys technical committees to General Electric’s factories in the United States to ensure the specifications are met. The minister added that the technical history of each of the existing train engines is preserved, and contains all the maintenance work conducted.
The railway upgrade plan is aimed at improving the service, increasing thelines, and reinforcing the rail cargo transportation, which reduces the load on roads, and boosts the revenues of the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA).
CAIRO - 25 January 2020: Sources in the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) told Egypt Today that LE55 billion have been allocated to development works that will take place between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022. The total number of railroads being constructed and renovated is 1,120.