DB Network awards construction contract for Munich S-Bahn tunnel to consortium
DB Network, the German infrastructure company, has awarded its first major contract for the construction of the second Munich S-Bahn tunnel.
The contract has been awarded to a consortium of Züblin, Wayss & Freytag, Max Bögl, and Bauer Spezialtiefbau, International Railway Journal reported.
The €189mn (US$215.4mn) contract for the development of the Overground West will feature work on additional tracks and pointwork, and two flyovers.
The consortium will also be responsible for constructing a double-track steel arch bridge on the surface section which runs between Laim and Donnersberger Brücke.
Planning for the project will commence in November, and construction is expected to begin in 2019.
The second tunnel will be used to add additional capacity to the city centre tunnel that carries 60 trains per hour.
Three new underground stations will be created through the project – Munich Main Station, Marienhof, and Munich East.
The second tunnel is expected to be open and operational in December 2026.
France to invest €1.8bn in Egypt’s infrastructure
France will invest a total of €1.8bn into Egypt’s infrastructure focusing specifically on upgrading the Cairo Metro, building a railway to Sudan, and developing water and energy schemes. Officials have called the investment a “major boost to bilateral cooperation”.
The Cairo Metro
Included in the financing is a concessional government loan of around €800mn to upgrade Line 1 of the Cairo Metro, introduced in the 1980s. The financing will pay for 55 trainsets for the line and is provided by the French engineering company, Alstom.
Line 6 is also due to be upgraded using further state-guaranteed loans worth up to €2bn. Bruno Le Maire said that this would be negotiated over the next six months. France and Egypt have worked in close cooperation ever since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president in 2014, despite differences over human rights and strong criticism of Egypt by rights activists and some foreign states.
Nine more projects over the next half a decade
A further €1bn from France’s development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), aims to cover a range of other projects over the next half a decade.
These projects include a railway line between Aswan, southern Egypt, and Wadi Halfa in Sudan, as well as several projects in the renewable energy and water purification industries. Bruno Le Maire, France’s Finance Minister, said Egypt was a “strategic partner and commercial dealings with it would be developed. France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans,” he said.
According to Le Maire, the AFD will also €150mn to support the construction of a universal health insurance programme. French contractors such as Vinci and Bouygues have a long history of working on the Egyptian capital’s underground system.
Talking about the relationship between France And Egypt, Le Maire concluded: “France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans”.