On 14 June 2019 the Joint Venture of Rail Baltica signed new design contracts to commence the design of two sections of the Rail Baltica main line – one in Estonia and one in Lithuania. Both contacts will be implemented by a Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture S.A.U. The new contracts will cover the next 139 km of Rail Baltica main line. As a result, currently the design works are ongoing in 288 km of the new high-speed railway track.
On 31 May, the shareholders of the Rail Baltica Join Venture RB Rail AS – Rail Baltic Estonia OU, SIA Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas and Rail Baltica statyba UAB – have approved a new Supervisory Board with the following members: Karolis Sankovski, CEO of Rail Baltica Statyba, Riia Sillave, CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia OU, Anri Leimanis, Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, Anti Moppel, Advisor to the Deputy Secretary General for Transport at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, Ligita Austrupe, Deputy State Secretary of Ministry of Transport of Latvia and Romas Švedas, Chairman of the Implementation Committee of UN Espoo Convention.
Following the best international practices to inform society about the project progress and ongoing activities, RB Rail AS, the joint venture of the Rail Baltica project, has launched a digital information center that all interested parties can visit and get more information regarding benefits, route and other aspects of the Rail Baltica project.
The winner for the tender “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Ramygala to Lithuanian/Latvian state border” was announced by the Rail Baltica joint venture. The winning proposal was submitted by IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U. amounting to EUR 7 968 873 (without VAT). The contract will be signed after completion of all necessary procedures.
A milestone international, two-day event about the Rail Baltica project in 2019 covering Rail Baltica’s economic potential, procurement regulation, and facilitating supplier networking.
On 21 May, Rail Baltica Business Club, established during the Global Forum 2019 in Vilnius, welcomed the key business and institutional stakeholders to a high-level discussion “Rail Baltica infrastructure management: local and international business perspective”.
The joint venture of the Rail Baltica project RB Rail AS has announced the winner of the “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Tallinn to Rapla”. The offer of a Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture was chosen as the most economically advantageous amounting to EUR 11 363 907. The contract with the winner will be signed after completion of all necessary procedures.
This week the joint venture of the Rail Baltica project RB Rail AS announced the winner in the tender “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line on the section Vangaži–Salaspils–Misa”. The offer from the association of Egis Rail S.A., DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH and Olimps Ltd was chosen as the most economically advantageous amounting to EUR 12 024 529. The contract with the winner will be signed after completion of all necessary procedures.
10 May 2019, Riga – the joint venture of the Baltic States RB Rail AS announced the winner in the tender “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the mainline section through Riga”. The winning proposal amounting to 12 989 200 EUR was submitted by a group of two Spanish companies consisting of IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture and Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte (INECO). It is expected that the contract with the winner will be signed in June after completion of all necessary procedures, including a 10 day stand still period.
Rail Baltica team and representatives of Pärnu district municipalities and business community discussed the findings of the study about a potential rail freight terminal in Pärnu surroundings. The study assessed the potential users of the terminal, cargo volumes and directions as well as economic viability of the project. In addition, the study identified tentative locations for the terminal and defined the basic requirements regarding space, layout, functions and equipment.
Today the Supervisory Board of RB Rail AS has approved the resignation of Kaspars Rokens from his position as the Chief Operating Officer of RB Rail AS. He leaves the company for private reasons.
On 3 April, 2019, during the Rail Baltica Global Forum, the contract to commence the design services for the railway section from Kaunas to Ramygala in Lithuania was signed by the representatives of the Rail Baltica Joint Venture RB Rail AS and the Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture.
“The Rail Baltica Global Project will create opportunities for people in the region to increase their welfare from the design and construction phases of the project,” said Timo Riihimäki, CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board of RB Rail AS, addressing the Rail Baltica Global Forum participants on 3 April in Vilnius. “In addition, current megatrends – urbanization, digitalization and climate change, are all in favor of Rail Baltica, which will provide efficient transportation solutions for passengers and freight and will help the region to address challenges posed by the climate change.”
With the address of Saulius Skvernelis, the Prime Minister of Lithuania, the Rail Baltica Global Forum will open tomorrow in Vilnius. The two-day annual forum gathers more than 700 executives, decision makers, rail, logistics, economics experts and potential suppliers from across Europe to discuss the potential of Rail Baltica for the region and common transport infrastructure developments in Europe.
On 29 March 2019, representatives of the Rail Baltica Joint Venture RB Rail AS and the Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture signed the contract in Tallinn to commence the design services for the railway section from Pärnu to Rapla in Estonia. This is the first design contract signed for the main line of the Rail Baltica with six more to follow shortly.