Line 3 of the Cairo metro was opened on 21 February 2012. This first
phase includes five underground stations (Attaba, Bab el Shaaria, El
Geish, Abdou Pasha and Abbasia) and serves the eastern part of Cairo
from the city centre. Once completed, Line 3 will cross the Egyptian
capital from east to west, from the airport to the districts west of the
Nile. The development of the Cairo metro system is part of a large-scale
plan aimed at serving the transport needs of the Greater Cairo area up
to 2022. It will help to reduce pollution in Africa's largest
3,500 people, including 85 expatriate staff, worked on this project,
which took 51 months to complete. The project was built by a consortium,
led by VINCI Construction Grands Projets, comprising Bouygues Travaux
Publics, Orascom and Arab Contractors. The ?235 million Phase 1 civil
engineering contract covered construction of a 4.2 km tunnel section and
five stations. Meanwhile, VINCI subsidiary ETF-Eurovia Travaux
Ferroviaires led the consortium responsible for the track works package.
This included the supply and laying of 11 km of track and the power rail
in the tunnel.
VINCI built the first two metro lines in Cairo, which now serve nearly
four million passengers per day, and is currently working in a
consortium with Bouygues Travaux Publics, Orascom and Arab Contractors
on Phase 2 of Line 3 (6.5 km tunnel and five stations); Phase 2 is
currently 60% completed and is scheduled for handover in early 2014. The
National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) is working on the design studies
for Phase 3.
VINCI have a long track record in major projects in Egypt and recently
signed the design-build construction contract for the new Assiout dam on
12 December 2011.
Maxence Naouri, +33 (0)1 47 16 31 82