Thales launches a new station in the rail project Cairo-Alejandria

THALES-El Cairo-Alejandria
THALES-El Cairo-Alejandria

Thales has undertaken the operational launch of the Berket el Sabaa station following intense months of work and tests with the client, Egyptian National Railways (ENR) and the consultancy SYSTRA.

To mark the inauguration, on 26 August this year the Egyptian Minister of Transport, Hisham Arafat, and senior ENR management, visited the station along with Rufino Or- tega, Thales’ project manager. The meeting enjoyed considerable media coverage from the major Egyptian TV channels.

During his visit, the Minister gave a detailed description of the works carried out by Thales following the completion of the Berket el Sabaa section, also enumerating the remaining stations, announcing that Etay El Barood, and subsequently Kafr el Zayat, would soon be launched with Thales technology. The works are progressing and software testing with the client at the first of the stations will commence in September 2017.The Minister estimates that the Cairo-Alexandria project will be concluded between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, and predicts that the entire line up to Aswan will be modernised by 2022.

The geographical area of the Berket el Sabaa station comprises a length of approximately 15km, with 8 automatic level crossings, and one of the main challenges of this new launch has been the complexity of the electrical wiring across the section, which had to traverse the bottom of the basin of the Nile river over a length of some 750m, cros- sing an existing swinging bridge through so-called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), implemented to this end.