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Siemens delivers first of 176 Desiro electric trains in Egypt

These fully electric trains boast a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. according to the rolling stock manufacturer.
28.09.23 | Source: railtech

In May 2022, Siemens Mobility concluded an agreement with the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an entity operating under the Ministry of Transport in Egypt, alongside consortium partners Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors. This landmark contract marks the commencement of a project aimed at establishing an extensive high-speed rail network spanning approximately 2,000 kilometres throughout Egypt, from scratch. This rail system will connect 60 cities, serving both passenger and freight transportation needs across the nation. Upon completion, this initiative is poised to rank as the sixth largest high-speed rail system globally, promising significant advancements in transportation efficiency and connectivity for Egypt.

Under this turnkey contract, Siemens Mobility is set to deliver a fleet of 41 Velaro high-speed trains with eight cars each, 94 Desiro regional train sets featuring four cars optimised for high capacity, and 41 Vectron freight locomotives. Additionally, the project encompasses the integration of cutting-edge rail infrastructure technology, the construction of eight depots and yards, and a 15-year maintenance agreement to ensure long-term operational excellence. The total contract value for Siemens Mobility, in collaboration with its consortium partners, stands at 8.1 billion euros, including the initial contract of 2.7 billion euros that was inked on September 1, 2021. The timeline for the completion of the project has not yet been shared by Siemens.