The National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) accepted two technical offers from France’s Alstom and South Korea’s Hyundai Rottem for the provision of metro train carriages during the third phase of the implementation of Cairo Metro Line 3.
Three international companies had presented their offers for the international limited bid posed by NAT at the end of last year to supply the mobile units “G5”.
According to an official at NAT, a technical committee consisting of NAT officials and Belgian consultant Transurb Technirail reviewed the submissions of the three companies, accepting only those who had scored higher than 80%.
The source said that NAT accepted Alstom’s offer, which scored 95.4%, and Hyundai Rotem’s offer, evaluated at 94.7%. The offer from Chinese CSR was rejected, scoring 71.2%.
The source added that the committee will determine the date of the financial offers’ assessment by the end of July, so as to select one of the two companies for the supply of mobile units of the project.
The NAT seeks to implement six new metro lines by the end of 2032 to link all Greater Cairo areas. The authority plans to accelerate the completion period of the new metro lines and finalise them by 2022, 10 years before the planned deadline.
The implementation of phase one of the fourth line, known as Al-Haram Metro, had started in January. Some parts of Al-Haram Street will be closed for three consecutive years until 2019, in order to redirect traffic in accordance with the new metro line. The new line will start from Malek El-Saleh and end in 6th of October City, passing through Giza Square, Al-Haram Street, and the Grand Egyptian Museum. It will be 18 km long.
The NAT is currently implementing other projects, including the metro line projects, over the next three years.
The two main metro lines and the third line, which includes about five stations so far, are used by about four million passengers daily.