Winner of 12 million euro Rail Baltica tender in Latvia announced

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RB Rail A/S, the company overseeing construction of the 6 billion euro Rail Baltica infrastructure project, on May 10 announced the winners of a major tender for the Latvian part of the operation.

The competition was to design and supervise the Rail Baltica mainline through Rīga, including associated infrastructure and the winning bid amount was 12 989 200 EUR submitted by a consortium made up of two Spanish companies: IDOM and INECO.

"It is planned that this contract will be signed by the winner in June, after the completion of the necessary procedures, including a ten day waiting period," said a statement from RB Rail.

The high-speed rail section is 56 km long and consists of three sub-sections, including the link to Rīga International Airport.

The winning bidder will have to conduct a track survey and engineering research to present a detailed plan within two years within 24 months and supervise the the construction phase of the project.

In total, RB Rail has so far announced 7 of the 11 procurement competitions for detailed construction projects, accounting for 57% of the total track length across all three Baltic states.

Rail Baltica will be a conventional double-track electrified railway line with maximum design speed of 249 km/h (the maximum operational speed of 234 km/h) on the route from Tallinn through Pärnu – Rīga – Panevėžys – Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Polish border, with a connection from Kaunas to Vilnius. The new railway line will be designed with 1435 mm gauge and will have a total length of 870 km, of which 265 km will be in Latvia. It is supposed to be complete by 2026.


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