Egypt’s Hassan Allam Holding (HAH) has announced that its subsidiary, Hassan Allam Construction (HAC), was granted a new contract for some work on the first phase of Cairo Metro Line IV, Invest-Gate reports.

In the presence of Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, and Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, the National Authority of Tunnels (NAC) awarded the deal to the consortium of HAC, Arab Contractors, Petrojet, and Concord, as highlighted in an official statement on November 23.

The scope of the consortium’s work includes 12 metro stations starting from Hadayek El Ashgar Station in 6th of October City, Giza, until El Mesaha Station in Haram Street, extending over 13.7 kilometers in length. Besides, 11 stations to be built underground via the top-down construction method.

Phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line IV will connect the El Malek El Saleh Station in Downtown Cairo with Giza Hadayek El Ashgar. It will allow passengers to transfer to Line I at the former stop and Line I at Giza Station, facilitating their movement and alleviating dense road traffic.

Commenting on the move, CEO of HAH Hassan Allam stated, “This project bookends a series of successful contracts signed to complete some of Egypt’s most crucial infrastructure, attesting to our ability to deliver key national projects on time and to specification, and solidifying our position as the partner of choice for strategic megaprojects.”

Another agreement was inked with a representative of the Mitsubishi/Orascom Consortium for Phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line IV, covering work on the on-site traffic system. That comes as part of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Japan that will see funding from Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), an arm of the latter country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the signing ceremony, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Masaki Noke said, “We will continue to devote our efforts to accomplish this vitally important project for Egyptians,” referring to Japanese expertise in carrying out 286 stations and 13 lines in the Tokyo Metro network.

In 2012, the governments of Egypt and Japan had agreed to implement phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line IV as a bilateral cooperation project. A Japanese fund of JPY 32.7 bn, equivalent to about USD 315 mn (EGP 4.9 bn), has been already extended to this project.