Hill International awarded contract for $4bn Egyptian monorail project

98.5km monorail system is the first in North Africa and will be longest in the world when completed

Hill International, the global construction consulting firm, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide project management, design review and implementation supervision services for a key monorail project in Egypt.

Built by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels, the estimated $4 billion New Administrative Capital City and 6th of October City project represents the first monorail in North Africa, and once complete, will be the longest monorail system in the world at a combined 98.5km, Hill International said in a statement.

The project’s first line will extend 56.5 km from East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital, while the second line will be 42 km long to connect 6th of October City to Giza.

These are the first mass transit links to connect Greater Cairo with New Capital City and 6th of October City, the statement added.

With operating speeds up to 80 km/h, the journey time for the new Capital City will be around 60 minutes (for 56.5 km line) and around 42 minutes for 6th of October City (42 km line).

Once complete, the two lines will transport approximately 45,000 passengers per hour at peak capacity, greatly improving mobility for Egyptian citizens in a safe and sustainable manner, it stated.

On the contract win, Hill International CEO Raouf Ghali said: “This is an exciting project for all involved and represents the continuing strength of the North African market in general and Egypt in particular.”

“With demographic factors, astute planning, and innovation providing an engine for growth in Egypt, we expect the country will set a global standard in executing ambitious infrastructure projects and programs like the Cairo Monorail for many years to come,” he added.

The project will use the design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) delivery method, and includes 34 stations, including both elevated and at-grade locations, and associated works including maintenance facilities, depots, and an Operations Control Centre.

The monorail will also intersect with the Cairo Metro’s Line 3 as well as Cairo’s High-Speed Rail network, further connecting the Cairo region.

Senior VP and Africa Managing Director Waleed Abdel Fattah added: “Hill has a decades-long record of success in delivering mega-transportation and infrastructure projects in Egypt as well as around the world.”

“Our team will bring the best practices and lessons learned from our assignments to make certain these new lines achieve the Authority’s goals for the project and offer a fast, safe, and clean transit solution for residents,” he concluded.

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