posted on 7th Feb 2023 06:57
On 29 January 2023 Mohamed Amer, head of Egyptian National Railways, and Sergo Kurbanov, vice president of Transmashholding, signed a package of agreements providing for the maintenance organisation of coaches supplied by Russian-Hungarian consortium under the contract concluded in 2018. The signing ceremony took place in Cairo city in the presence of Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel Al-Wazir and TMH CEO Kirill Lipa.
TMH will provide technical support for 12 years, the total value of the service package is 430 million EUR. The project development and equipment of a special depot to be established in the Cairo suburbs, training of local personnel, as well as maintenance of machinery and supply of spare parts are envisaged. The depot is expected to become part of a new railway industrial cluster being created by the Egyptian side in partnership with leading international companies.
The contract for the supply of initially 1,300 cars, worth more than a billion EUR, was signed in 2018. Production was carried out in Russia and Hungary. The party responsible for technology transfer and organisation of production was TVZ (Tver Carriage Works). In 2021, the Russian side completed its part of the deliveries, after which production is carried out by the Hungarian side at Dunakeszi using TVZ technology. In 2022, the contract was extended by 50 cars with vending machine zones (totalling the contract up to 1,350 coaches).
To date, 725 cars have been delivered to the customer. The trains with the new cars run daily on the Cairo - Alexandria (208 km), Cairo - Assiut (380 km) and Cairo - Sohag (473 km) lines.