CAIRO: A Belgian consulting firm has won a tender by the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to review offers to execute the third phase of the third line of Cairo metro, acting head of NAT Sameh Refat told Youm7 Wednesday.
According to the conditions of the European funders of the project, the consulting firm must belong to one of the European Union states. Refat anticipated that the winning company of the two bidding, one French and the other Spanish, would be chosen in two months, so the digging starts before 2016.
The new metro is planned to be inaugurated in three years after the contract is signed. The phase will include 15 stations underground and aboveground over a distance of 17.7 kilometers.
The project is estimated to cost 900 million euros; 300 million euros loaned by the French Development Agency and 600 million euros by the European Investment Bank, according to Refat.
The Third Phase of the Third Metro Line project is planned to connect Imbaba and Mohandiseen west of the Nile, and pass under the Nile River to Zamalek and continue to Attaba, Abassiya, Cairo Stadium, Heliopolis and the Cairo Airport.
Additional reporting by Reda Hebishy