The three contenders are “COBELEC Rail Baltica” (Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A. and Elecnor Servicios y Proyectos S.A.U.) from Spain; “ALSTOM-BMGS-GE-Torpol” (“BMGS” AS, “Bombardier Transportation Baltics” SIA, ALSTOM Transport SA, GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS, TORPOL S.A.) from Latvia, France and Poland; and “STC Baltic Electrification” (COLAS RAIL AS, Siemens Mobility GmbH, Siemens Mobility Oy Latvijas filiāle, TSO SAS) from France, Germany and Latvia.
“The Rail Baltica high-speed railway electrification procurement was launched in the middle of 2022 and is considered as the largest railway cross-border electrification project in Europe implemented as a single project. This initiative aims to ensure full compliance with safety and interoperability requirements, benefit from economies of scale, and maximize environmental benefits,” said Aiga Benfelde, Procurement manager at RB Rail AS and Chairperson of the Procurement Commission.
In September 2022, RB Rail received four applications submitted by international companies – so only one (unnamed) bidder has been excluded from the next stage. The contract is planned to be signed in mid-2024.