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Cairo, Egypt (Urban Transport News): The Ministry of Transportation of Egypt has awarded a contract worth 430 million euros to Russian Rolling Stock leader CJSC Transmashholding (TMH) for providing maintenance services to suburban rails in Cairo for 12 years.
The head of Egyptian National Railways Mohammad Amer and TMH Vice President Sergo Kurbanov signed an agreement package initiating the maintenance of passenger cars shipped from Russia and Hungary under the 2018 contract on 6th February 2023 in Cairo in the presence of the Minister of Transportation of Egypt and TMH CEO Kirill Lipa. The total value of the package amounts to Euro 430 million.
Under the agreement, TMH will provide technical support for the shipped cars throughout 12 years. TMH will also design and equip a specialized rail depot in suburban Cairo, train local workforce, conduct maintenance of the rolling stock, and supply spare parts. The depot is expected to become a part of a rail industrial cluster, developed by the Egyptian side in partnership with leading global companies.
The 1 billion Euro contract for the 1300 passenger cars was signed in 2018. The production was conducted in Russia and Hungary, TVZ (TMH plant in Tver) responsible for the transfer of technology. In 2021, the Russian side fulfilled its part of the contract, and since then the production in continued in Hungary under the supervision from TVZ. In 2022, the contract was extended by 50 passenger cars with vending areas (to a total of 1350 units). To the date, the customer received 725 cars.
The trains with new passenger cars are operated daily on the lines Cairo – Alexandria (208 km), Cairo – Asyut (380 km), Cairo – Sohag (473 km). The cars comply with all passenger railway safety requirements and provide a modern level of comfort. Their lifecycle in Egyptian continental and coastal operation conditions is 40 years.