French firm wins Rail Baltica design contract

French engineering firm SYSTRA S.A. has won the latest contract to be awarded as part of the giant Rail Baltica infrastructure project.

"The contracting authority, joint venture “RB RAIL AS”, announces the winner of the open competition on design guidelines of the Rail Baltica railway that is subjected to the provision of engineering services to develop unified design guidelines for the Rail Baltica construction project," RB Rail, the company in over-all charge of construction, said July 5.

"According to the decision made on the basis of the most economically advantageous offer, the Procurement commission awarded the contract to “SYSTRA S.A.” The contract amounting to 563 065,00 EUR excluding VAT was concluded on June 30, 2017.

The purpose of the tender on design guidelines of the Rail Baltica railway is to provide engineers with a standardized approach to the Rail Baltica design, which will be mandatory for the design, construction and operations of the Rail Baltica infrastructure and will be endorsed by the respective national authorities, if applicable.

In total, four applicants submitted their proposals for the open competition: a consortium of Lithuanian and French suppliers operating under “Egis Rail S.A”; the French supplier and two suppliers from Germany – “DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH” and “Gauff Rail Engineering”, plus the eventual winner.

The open competition was organised in accordance with the Public Procurement Law of Latvia.

SYSTRA S.A. is a consulting and engineering group of French origin specializing in transport infrastructure design. The enterprise has been operating in the field of transportation for 60 years and is currently present in over 80 countries.

RB RAIL AS is a multi-national joint venture of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which has been established to implement Rail Baltica – the construction of a high-speed rail line infrastructure from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border.

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