Back in November of 2019, the Egyptian Transport Ministry was working on completing studies of the Ain Sokhna–Alamein high-speed electric rail connecting Alamein and Ain Sokhna via the Sixth of October. The ministry was, at the time, considering bids from two consortiums of Chinese companies for the project.
According to Enterprise, the first consortium included Arab Contractors, Orascom, China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC), and China State Construction Engineering, while the second encompassed Samcrete, state-owned Petrojet, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC). The Minister of Transport had declared that the project cost was going to be between $7 and $8 billion, with the exception of the value of 30 trains that will run on the line. That was during the time of conducting studies on the project.
Samcrete, made an announcement on their official Facebook Page that on Thursday, September the 3rd, the Egyptian-Chinese consortium, which includes, Samcrete Engineers & Contractors SE&C – SEMAF – CCECC – China Railway CRCC 14th Bureau Group – China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corp.) came first in offers for executing the Ain Sokhna – Alamein High-Speed Electric Rail HSR. According to Al-Mal News, the Supreme Committee, which supervises the express train project, has completed the technical offer by choosing the offer of the Egyptian alliance led by the Chinese “CCECC” and is starting the procedures for opening the financial offer. As far as currently known, the project is to be executed with a cost of $9 billion.
The CEO and Managing Director of the Alliance made a statement, announcing how the project will come as a new Suez Canal linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in three hours. The rail should cover a distance of 543 km with a speed of 250 km/h. In case of the project’s –hoped-for- success, Ain Sokhna–Alamein high-speed electric rail will work to connect the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Ain Sokhna, 6 October, Borg Al-Arab, Alexandria, Alamein, in what is considered the biggest railway line in the Middle East.
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