RB Rail AS has announced two open competitions – “Quality Assessment Study on Usage of Local Mineral Materials for Rail Baltica Railway Project” and “Technical Study and Design Proposals for Rail Baltica Infrastructure Maintenance Facilities”.
On 12 September, a Rail Baltica Business Network event took place in Kaunas, with the participation of Catherine Trautmann, European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic core network corridor, Kaspars Briškens, Business Development Manager of RB Rail AS and Mindaugas Kvašys, Project Manager at Civitta as well as participants representing the local business community.
On 12 September, Kaspars Rokens, COO and Member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS, participated at the second Latvian Start-up Forum in Riga organized as part of Start-up day 2018. During the event, Rokens told more about the Rail Baltica Global Project and what are the opportunities for the start-ups and innovators to engage with the project, as well as discussed the role of start-up companies in the country’s development and innovation processes.
On 5 September 2018, Ignas Degutis, CFO and the Member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS, took part in the Economic Forum in Krynica and a panel discussion devoted to the future of transport. Degutis pointed out that the development of the transport industry globally is shifting towards favoring the railway since it is significantly safer, greener, and cost efficient compared to other forms of transportation.
On August 23, 2018, Baiba Rubesa, the Chairperson and CEO of RB Rail AS, addressed the meeting of the Latvian Ports, Transit and Logistics Council, chaired by Māris Kučinskis, the Prime Minister of Latvia.
The shareholders of RB Rail AS – Rail Baltic Estonia OU, Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas SIA and Rail Baltica statyba UAB – have approved a new Supervisory Board with the following members: Riia Sillave, CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia OU, Edvīns Bērziņš, Chairman of the Board of Latvijas dzelzceļš VAS, Anti Moppel, Member of Supervisory Board of Rail Baltic Estonia OU, Karolis Sankovski, CEO of Rail Baltica Statyba UAB, Vineta Rudzīte, Deputy Legal Director on administrative issues and Head of Secretariat of Presidents’ Council of Latvijas dzelzceļš VAS, and Romas Švedas, Chairman of the Implementation Committee of UN Espoo Convention.
On 24 of July, the joint venture of the three Baltic States RB Rail AS signed the contract with Civitta Estonia AS and Railistics GmbH to conduct the feasibility study of Pärnu freight terminal in the context of the Rail Baltica Global Project. The contract value is 139 876.00 EUR, excluding VAT.
On July 13, 2018, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), joint venture of three Baltic states RB Rail AS, the Ministry of Economics and Communication of Estonia, the Ministry of Transport of Latvia and the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Lithuania signed the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Grant Agreement for the construction of the Rail Baltica conventional railway infrastructure. The total value of the Agreement is nearly 130 million euros while the CEF contribution will be of a maximum amount of 110 million euros which is 85% of total eligible costs.
The joint venture of the three Baltic States RB Rail AS has announced an open competition “Architectural, landscaping and visual identity Design guidelines for Rail Baltica”. This tender will provide united design guidelines for the whole railway track of Rail Baltica. To ensure that universal design addresses the needs of the society, stakeholder parties of each country such as architect’s associations, universities, social partners as NGO’s for the disabled, retired, and family support, are to be engaged in the preparation of the guidelines. The submission deadline for the proposal has been extended to the July 30, 2018.
It is our pleasure to share with you the statement of Catherine Trautmann, North-Sea Baltic Tent-T corridor coordinator, about the Rail Baltica project implementation.
The joint venture of the three Baltic States, RB RAIL AS has announced an open competition “Rail Baltica energy subsystem procurement and deployment strategy”, Id. No. RBR 2018/8. With optimum interoperability and cost efficiency in mind, the three Baltic States have mandated the joint venture to deliver the critical railway infrastructure element – energy subsystem – in a consolidated fashion for the entire project across the Baltic States. In case of this announced tender, the important preparatory study will put forward a single solution for energy subsystem of the Rail Baltica railway line throughout the entire route in three countries. Interested suppliers shall submit their proposals electronically by the tools offered through E-Tenders system till 4 July 2018.
The joint venture of the three Baltic States RB RAIL AS has announced the next restricted competition, defining the advancement of the Rail Baltica Global project design phase in Latvia. Tender for “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line on the section Vangaži – Salaspils – Misa” that will cover 60 km of the railway line is procured in the interest of the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Latvia. The submission deadline for the proposal is June 18, 2018.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, Ministry of Transportation of Latvia and Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Lithuania have approved the Design Guidelines for Rail Baltica, the common design standard mandatory for design, construction and operations of the Rail Baltica infrastructure. The Design Guidelines manual was prepared by the French company SYSTRA S.A., a consulting and engineering group which previously in an open competition was awarded to develop unified design guidelines for the Rail Baltica Global Project.
The Contracting Authority, joint venture RB RAIL AS, has signed a contract with the design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins (a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group) as a result of the tender “Rail Baltica Infrastructure Management Study” announced on November 8, 2017. The subject-matter of the contract is a study on Infrastructure Management for the Rail Baltica Global project.
The first phase of the next tenders for the detailed technical design of the railway line in Estonia and Lithuania has been announced this month, continuing implementation of the design phase of the Rail Baltica project. The joint venture of the three Baltic States RB RAIL AS has announced restricted competitions for the “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Tallinn to Rapla” and the “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Ramygala to Lithuanian-Latvian state border”. Both are procured for the benefit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. Proposal submission deadline for both tenders is May 15, 2018.