Spain's IDOM wins first Rail Baltica mainline design tender

RB Rail AS, the company overseeing construction of the Rail Baltica high-speed rail link through the Baltic states, has announced the first winner of a tender to design a mainline section of the track.

Design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Pärnu to Rapla in Estonia will be carried out by Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering,Architecture, S.A.U.

"This procurement process was the first out of seven procurements carried by RB Rail AS to commence the design works on the main line of Rail Baltica," the company said.

"In total, four proposals from international consortiums were received. The most economically advantageous proposal was submitted by IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture with the proposed total contract price of 6 802 522 EUR (excluding VAT)."

Within 24 months the selected company must deliver the design services for the construction of the railway substructure, superstructure and related civil structures on the respective section of the Rail Baltica line in Estonia. Site investigations, value engineering, development of the master design and detailed technical design are also included in the scope, as well as design supervision during the construction period.

The parties will sign a contract in March.

“Announcing the winner of the first detailed technical design tender on the main line is a significant milestone for the Rail Baltica Global Project.” said Ignas Degutis, RB Rail AS acting CEO, “We are satisfied with the experience and caliber of the selected company. It will bring the expertise from the Spanish high-speed rail – the longest high-speed rail
network in Europe operating with maximum design speed 310 km/h.”

The Pärnu-Rapla section in Estonia is 71 km long and is expected to include 16 road viaducts, 6 railway viaducts, 9 animal passages and 4 railway bridges.

In total, 7 out of 11 procurement procedures of the detailed technical designs have been launched, covering 57% of the entire Rail Baltica line. For Estonia, the detailed technical design procurement procedures are underway for the entire line from the Latvian/Estonian border to Tallinn. In Latvia, two out of four designs have been launched around Riga (Central section) and the same for Lithuania – two sections out of four, spanning from Kaunas to the Lithuanian/Latvian border.

RB Rail AS is a multi-national joint venture of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia andLithuania, which has been established to implement Rail Baltica – a high-speed rail line infrastructure from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border. It has a price tag of 6 billion euros and the first trains are expected to start running in 2025 - though Latvian transport minister Tālis Linkaits recently suggested the project would be delayed.

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