Egyptian authorities have awarded a £875M contract for the third phase of Line 3 of the Cairo metro to a joint venture of local and contractors.
The contract was won by a joint venture between French firms Vinci Construction Grands Projects and Bouygues Travaux Publics and their Egyptian partners Orascom Construction and Arabco Contractors.
The National Authority for Tunnels awarded the contract to the team, which has been working on the metro system for 35 years.
The 67-month contract covers civil engineering for phase three of Line 3, including 17.7km of new line and 15 stations, of which eight are underground, five elevated and two at ground level.
The line will carry 5M passengers a day. Construction involves building a new tunnel under the Nile. It will create around 5,000 jobs.
The joint venture is also working on Phase 4a of Line 3, which will extend the system towards the east of the city. The contract was signed in February 2015 and handover is set for the end of 2018.