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Egyptian National Railways has invited expressions of interest in the supply of up to 100 diesel-electric locomotives for use on long-distance passenger services, with tendering expected to get underway by the end of the year.
The project is to be funded with a €290m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. This was agreed in June 2017 as part of a rail sector reform programme, with EBRD saying that the replacement of life-expired locomotives would reduce ENR’s operating costs, fuel consumption and carbon emissions, while generating additional revenue by enabling it to provide higher quality service.
ENR is undertaking a significant fleet renewal programme. In April this year it selected Talgo to supply and maintain a fleet of six 160 km/h trainsets for use inter-city services linking Alexandria, Cairo and Aswan, funded by EBRD under a tender launched in August 2016.
This followed a September 2018 contract worth €1bn over five years for the Transmashholding-Hungary Kft to supply of 1 300 coaches of five types.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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