Construction of the Rail Baltica railway line section towards the Latvian border: a new tendering procedure to select qualified suppliers is launched

LTG Infra, which is responsible for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway line in Lithuania, launched a new tendering procedure to select companies matching qualification requirements to build the railway embankment, construct engineering structures and access roads on the railway section between Kaunas and the Lithuanian-Latvian border. The estimated value of contract works will make about EUR 1,050 billion excluding VAT.

Major procurements for the Rail Baltica construction works and construction supervision services are conducted using a dynamic purchasing system (DPS). The DPS functions in such a way that in its first stage a group of tenderers matching qualification requirements is formed, which is open throughout the DPS period (with an extension for 60 months) to any company whose qualification and documentation meet the set requirements. In case of the need for a specific procurement, companies that have passed the first stage are invited to participate in the second stage and submit price-quality bids for specific work and contract. Companies can apply throughout the DPS period, but are encouraged to do so immediately, as specific procurements will involve only pre-qualified suppliers.

“The construction of the Rail Baltica railway constantly requires solutions enabling advance preparation for processes and thus saving time in the future. Contract works procurement through a dynamic purchasing system is one of them. In parallel with the pre-qualification stage, technical requirements for the second tender round will be developed. Suppliers will be invited to participate in it once there is a specific need for construction works” – says Karolis Sankovski, CEO of LTG Infra. The new procurement is announced because most of the value of the previous tender, as launched in June 2020, has been used.

The estimated value of works for the construction of the railway embankment, engineering structures, and access roads will reach around EUR 1,050 billion excluding VAT. EU funding is to make up about 85% of the total, with the remaining part being financed from the state budget.

 The Rail Baltica project implementation on the section between Kaunas and Lithuanian-Latvian border has already entered the construction phase. The process of taking of land for public needs is finalized, in April 2022 the first construction works were launched – the laying of local access roads on the section Šveicarija–Žeimiai, and preparatory works for the construction of the longest railway bridge in the Baltic States spanning the Neris river near Jonava are underway. Contract works tenders have also been launched for the installation of railway infrastructure in Jonava district to include the railway embankment, engineering structures, and access roads. Other railway sections (Kaunas–Vilnius, Kaunas–Lithuania–Polish border and Kaunas node) are in the territory planning process.

Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic States, which will provide an electrified double-track European gauge railway line along the entire Rail Baltica route, connecting Warsaw, Kaunas, Riga, and Tallinn. The total length of the Rail Baltica railway line in the Baltic States will reach 870 km, with 392 km in Lithuania, 265 km in Latvia and 213 km in Estonia.