Hill Int’l picked as project manager for $4.5bn Cairo Monorail

New York Stock Exchange-listed Hill International has been named the project manager after having secured a contract to provide project management, design review, and implementation supervision services for the New Administrative Capital City and 6th of October City Monorail project, representing the two lines of the $4.5bn Cairo Monorail Project in Egypt.

The project will improve mobility for citizens in the North African nation. Upon completion, the two lines will transport approximately 45,000 passengers per hour at peak capacity.

Commenting on the contract win, Raouf Ghali, CEO of Hill International, 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.”

The monorail project is being built by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels and represents the first monorail project in North Africa.

The project will be implemented and delivered under the design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) method.

It will include 34 stations, covering both elevated and at-grade locations, with 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.

Once complete, it will be the longest monorail system in the world at a combined length of 98.5km.

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

Cairo Monorail is the first mass transit links to connect Greater Cairo with New Capital City and 6th of October City.

The monorail will have an operating speed up to 80km/h. From East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital the journey time will be around 60 minutes, and around 42 minutes from 6th of October City to Giza.

“Hill has a decades-long record of success in delivering mega-transportation and infrastructure projects in Egypt as well as around the world,” explained Hill International’s senior vice president and Africa managing director, Waleed Abdel-Fattah.

“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.”

May 2020 saw Orascom Construction lay the foundation stone on the Cairo Monorail, alongside its Canadian partner, airlines manufacturer Bombardier’s mobility solution providing arm, Bombardier Transportation

In August 2019, Orascom along with Arab Contractors in partnership with Bombardier Transportation inked an agreement with National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo to design and build the two monorail lines in Egypt.

Bombardier Transportation said at that time that its share of the megaproject is $2.9bn, while Orascom Construction’s share for the overall contract is nearly $900m.

The National Authority for Tunnels represented via the Arab Contractors had awarded Fugro a geophysical and geotechnical investigation contract for the second phase of the Cairo Monorail megaproject in April 2020.

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