The government of Egypt through the council of ministers has approved the construction of its first-ever dry port in the 6th of October City, a satellite town and part of the urban area of Cairo in Giza Governorate.
The facility which is also set to be the biggest of its kind in the entire African region will be constructed by a consortium comprising of; DB Schenker, a division of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG that focuses on logistics and supply chain management; Elsewedy Electric Co S.A.E, formerly known as El Sewedy Cables, an Egypt-based joint stock company engaged in the manufacture of integrated cables and electric products; and 3A International.
The contract for the construction of the facility was issued by the General Authority for Land and Dry Ports, Egypt under a Public-Private Partnership Model (PPP), managed by the PPP Unit at the North African country Ministry of Finance.
An overview of the facility
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development partly financed the construction of the US$ 176m hub that is scheduled to become operational in 2022 with the capacity to handle 720 containers (20-Foot Equivalent Units) per day – a total of about 250,000 TEU per year.
It will include container yards, communication and control systems, a solar energy system for electricity generation, lifting and transport equipment, tractors, railways, and UV inspection systems. The hub also aims to offer other facilities such as an integrated customs department headquarters, along with administrative offices for the parties involved in the port project such as the General Authority for Land and Dry Ports, the Project Company, shipping line agents, and shipping, clearing, and transportation companies.
The future port is expected to create at least 3,500 direct and indirect jobs.