Rail Baltica announces procurement for electricity system

On June 1, the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS announced a public procurement for the Rail Baltica energy subsystem design and construction for the entire Rail Baltica line.

The line covers more than 870 km in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. 

The procurement will be organized in two stages and is planned to be concluded by the end of 2023. The energy subsystem scope covers the following key components: high voltage connection points, for connection of traction power substations to the public high voltage electrical grids, traction power substations, overhead contact system, energy control command system, and other components directly linked to energy subsystem, said RB Rail.

Electricity consumed by Rail Baltica will represent 900 GWh per year, leading to an estimated ~3% increase in the national consumption in every Baltic State.

At the beginning of 2021, the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS selected an engineering service provider (ENE Engineer) for the Global project energy subsystem deployment. The association of DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH; IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U.; Italferr S.p.A. was announced as the winner in an international tender, organized by RB Rail AS.

The implementation of the Rail Baltica Global Project is financed by the national states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — and co-funding from the European Union up to 85% of the total eligible costs, in particular in the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument.

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