Some Mafex members with projects in Egypt
TPF Getinsa Euroestudios started operating in Egypt in 2013 after winning a major contract to conduct the feasibility study and the detailed design of tunnels under the Suez Canal. The assignment entailed the design of 3.25 km of rail tunnels and 3.6 km of double-tube road tunnels. Since then, the company has secured new contracts in the railway sector: the upgrade design of the signalling systems for the railway section Tanta – El Mansoura – Damietta; the modernisation of the electrification system of Line 1 of the Cairo Metro; and in September this year, we received notification of the award of the contract for design review and supervision services for the construction of a new electrified light rail line between Cairo and 10th of Ramadan City, in the outskirts of Cairo.
TECNIVIAL is present in the renovation of the “Cairo-Alexandria” railway line in Egypt, being in charge of the design and supply of signaling plates. The customization to the requirements and design including Arabic characters has made a difference for this project compared to others, besides offering technical advice based on our European experience. With this action, TECNIVIAL is once again present in an international project, thus contributing to the improvement of railway lines, providing them with more information and increasing their safety.
JEZ SISTEMAS FERROVIARIOS
JEZ SISTEMAS FERROVIARIOS, S.L. is suppling for more than 20 years manganese steel pieces to the tramway of Alexandria “Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority, A.P.T.A.”, pieces like monoblock crossings in rail S180 and S49 and switches in rail Ri60.JEZ supplies crossings to be used as spare parts in the tramway and has developed special projects for the terminals of Moustafa Kamel, Ramlh and San Stefano.
Siemens Spain is executing the signalling project for the 260 kilometers of rail corridors from Zagazig to Abu Kebir in the north of Cairo and from Benha to Port Said, a port situated to the north-east of the capital city. Egyptian rail company (ENR) awarded Siemens this project at the end of 2015 and its commissioning is scheduled for 2020.
Siemens is supplying the electronic interlocking systems, point mechanisms, level-crossing technology and communication technology for the routes, which include around 21 stations. The contract also includes equipping the operations control center located in Zagazig. Modifications to the signaling equipment enable the maximum speed to be increased from 140 to 160 km/h.
The existing signalling systems are being replaced by more modern, centrally controlled electronic systems. This will enable both the safety and throughput of passenger trains to be increased, as well as the freight volume on the routes.
Ticketing solution for the Cairo’s Subway.Indra implemented in 2103 a new control and ticket sales system with contact-less technology in Cairo’s Subway, the first network to be built on the African continent, in order to reduce operating costs, provide an information technology platform that streamlines and improves the efficiency of its administrative, front office and back office processes, and offer improvements to its passengers.
Thales signed in 2013 with the Egyptian National Railways a contract valued at over €109 million for the modernisation of the signalling systems on the Cairo-Alexandria corridor.The Cairo-Alexandria railway line is approximately 220 km long and is the busiest section of the Egyptian Railways network, carrying more than 25 million passengers per year.Thales signed a turnkey contract including design, supply, construction, phasing, commissioning and maintenance services. It covers the modernisation of the signalling as well as the telecommunication system and the centralised traffic control. The Thales signalling solution will enhance the safety and the capacity of the line, allowing an expected 32 million passengers to use it every year. The speeds of the trains will increase from 140 km/h to 160 km/h, the headways between trains will decrease from 10 to 5 minutes. This is the first contract obtained by Thales in the Egyptian Country. This major main line award confirms Thales’s worldwide leadership in the Transport Systems business with the capacity to both deliver greenfield projects and upgrade existing infrastructures with minimum service disruptions for optimised performance and safety. Thales in Spain is present with different international contracts in Turkey, Algeria, Morroco, Mexico and Malaysia, among others.
CAF Signalling now has a consolidated presence in Egypt. The company has been the first to implant an electronic interlocking signalling system in the country. The aforesaid project consisted of the entire modernisation of a part of the railway line running between Cairo and Damietta.
The modernisation of the signalisation and telecommunications for the railway line to the north of Cairo has led to an improvement of the service, as well as a rise in safety and punctuality of the trains. In this project, CAF undertook the design, engineering and supply, installation and service start-up of the S3e electronic interlocking signalling system. Along with a CTC system for the line, the railway signalling to north of Cairo, and the energy tele-control system for the entire electrified section.