Hill International has received a contract from the European Investment Bank, financed under the European Union’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility, to provide project management and technical assistance support services for the Cairo Metro – Line 3 project.
The six-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $4.4m, the company said.
Last year French construction giants Vinci and Bouygues won a $1.2bn contract for civil engineering on the ambitious scheme.
The Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) is constructing this new mass transit system in response to a growing population and escalating traffic and roadway problems.
The transit master plan includes six metro lines, two of which are complete (Line 1 and Line 2) and a third (Line 3), which is partially in operation.
Line 3 is being constructed in phases. Phase 1 is currently operational, phase 2 is partially operational and phase 3 has also commenced. Hill’s scope pertains to Line 3, phase 3, and entails providing technical assistance to NAT.
Line 3 connects Attaba in east-central Cairo with Abbasia and Heliopolis to the northeast. When complete, the line will extend from the northwest of the Greater Cairo area at Imbaba to the northeast serving the Cairo International Airport.
The total length of the line will be approximately 30.6km of which 28.1km is an underground section and the rest of the line, about 2.5km, will be on grade.
"Cairo is the largest city in Africa and ranked as one of the most densely populated cities in the world," said Waleed Abdel-Fattah, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hill’s North Africa Region.
"This metro system will have an immense impact on Cairo’s traffic congestion and the quality of life of its citizens."
Image: Artist’s impression of an overground station of Cairo Metro Line 3 (Bouygues)