On 29 November, Rail Baltic Estonia signed an agreementwith Estonian structural engineering consultancy Pluss OÜ to oversee the design of Rail Baltica’s international passenger terminal in Pärnu.
Today, the cornerstone of the first construction structure on the Rail Baltica main line in Estonia, the Saustinõmme viaduct, was laid to mark the beginning of Rail Baltica’s high-speed rail link. Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas and Henrik Hololei, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport, gave their welcoming remarks at today’s ceremony.
RB Rail AS Supervisory Board has appointed Agnis Driksna, the Director of Development and Communications Department at “European Railway Lines” in the capacity of the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RB Rail AS, who will assume his duties starting from 2 December. Agnis Driksna is highly skilled project management and development expert and fully committed to strengthen cooperation between the project stakeholders and make sure that essential project activities are accelerated. He will replace Timo Riihimäki who will end his tenure on 1 December 2019. In parallel, Supervisory Board will start the recruitment of a permanent CEO.
The Rail Baltica joint venture, RB Rail AS, has delivered a study evaluating the essential features and requirements for the integration of airport passenger traffic with the Rail Baltica high-speed railway infrastructure. The study outlines a service description, a high-level forecast of usage, and recommendations for the detailed design for railway stations, covering all 7 international Rail Baltica passenger stations – Tallinn, Pärnu, Riga, Riga Airport, Panevėžys, Kaunas and Vilnius, and 4 Baltic airports – Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Kaunas.
On 3 November, Implementing Body of Rail Baltica project in Latvia –Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, Ltd. – has announced an international construction tender for the Rail Baltica station and related infrastructure in Riga International Airport. The first phase is devoted to the selection of qualified candidates. The entire scope of the tender includes the Rail Baltica station building in Riga International Airport, overpass, access roads, embankment, 6 km long section of railway tracks and overpass over K. Ulmaņa gatve.
On October 30, 2019, RB Rail AS Project Manager Artūrs Caune visited first year students of Transportation Systems Engineering at Riga Technical University. The purpose of this visit was to introduce young professionals to the future opportunities offered by Rail Baltica.
Today Timo Riihimäki, RB Rail AS Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board has announced his resignation due to personal reasons. He will carry out his duties until 19 December 2019.
In order to deploy, implement and maintain Rail Baltica Common Data Environment for building information management system (BIM), RB Rail AS has entered into a contract with one of the leading global providers of software solutions Bentley Systems International Ltd. With this, Rail Baltica global project is going to deploy and set up a cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE) to be used during the design, construction and operational phase of the railway line. The total amount of the five-year contract is 1.224 million EUR (excluding VAT), that includes software development, implementation and maintenance as well as license fees and training of users. The funding is allocated from the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) budget.
Yesterday shareholders of Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS approved a new Supervisory Board of the company. This appointment follows the decision of the Estonian shareholder to replace Riia Sillave, CEO of RB Estonia with Ahti Kuningas, Deputy Secretary General for Transport at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Estonia. According to the Commercial Law of Latvia, Supervisory Board must be reelected if a new member is appointed.
The Rail Baltica Joint Venture RB Rail AS has announced a tender for the provision of Notified Body (NoBo) services to assess and verify conformity of the Rail Baltica infrastructure with European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI).
A study has assessed the impact of climate change on Rail Baltica operations and maintenance during the lifecycle of the line. Based on the analysis of past 30-year climate and weather data and national level climate projections, the study concluded that Baltic region would gradually experience milder winters with less snow, but more wet snow, freezing rain, glazed frost and ice formation events. In summertime, more frequent heatwaves are likely, leading to maximum temperatures around or even over 40o C.
Yesterday the quarterly Rail Baltica Task Force meeting was held in Tallinn, Estonia. During it, the Rail Baltica Joint Venture presented the progress of the project to the participants and we would like to share the presentation with you all as well! Here is the progress made in the Rail Baltica Global Project in the last quarter.
In the past six months Rail Baltica Global Project has firmly entered the design phase of the main line and related infrastructure objects. In response to this new chapter in the cycle of the project, the Joint Venture of the Baltic States is going to adjust its structure by introducing a new management board position – Chief Program Management Officer (CPMO). With an initial team of ten experts, CPMO will oversee the implementation of the Rail Baltica Master Plan in all three Baltic States.
The Rail Baltica project implementers and representatives of several non-governmental organizations in Latvia agreed on regular information exchange, mutual consultation and involvement in the implementation of the Rail Baltica project by signing a joint memorandum of cooperation.
RB Rail had published the tender for the Study on “Rail Baltica CCS-Subsystems procurement and deployment strategy”, which shall be carried out in Q4/2019 – Q1/2020. The objective of this Study is elaboration of the procurement and deployment strategy for the introduction of the state-of-the-art CCS-solution for the whole Rail Baltica line.