Winner announced for the second design tender of Rail Baltica main line

On 27 February, RB Rail AS procurement commission for the competition “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Kaunas to Ramygala” announced the winner – a Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U. This procurement process was the second out of seven tenders carried out by RB Rail AS to commence the design works on the main line of Rail Baltica.

Rail Baltica Global Project

In total, four proposals from international consortiums were received. The most economically advantageous proposal was submitted by IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture with the proposed total contract price of 6 979 893 EUR (excluding VAT).

Within 24 months the selected engineering company will deliver the design services for the construction of the railway substructure, superstructure and related civil structures on the respective section of the Rail Baltica line in Lithuania. Site investigations, value engineering, development of the master design and detailed technical design are also included in the scope, as well as design supervision during the construction period.

The parties will be signing a contract in March, following all due procedures in line with the public procurement law.

“Announcing the first winners of the detailed technical design tenders on the main line is a significant milestone for the Rail Baltica Global Project. We are satisfied with the experience and caliber of the selected company. It will bring the expertise from the Spanish high speed rail – the longest high speed rail network in Europe operating with maximum design speed 310 km/h.”

Ignas Degutis, RB Rail AS acting CEO.

Earlier this week IDOM was also announced as a winner in the tender for the design and design supervision services to be constructed from Pärnu to Rapla in Estonia. The company has more than 20 years of experience in designing conventional and high-speed rail in Europe and the US. IDOM’s  technical expertise includes civil engineering, track, electrification, signaling, rolling stock, operational planning, maintenance and RAMS. Recently, the company has been involved in high speed projects in Spain, Poland and Sweden. IDOM employs 3000 people in 40 offices worldwide.

The Lithuanian section from Kaunas to Ramygala is estimated to be 78 km long and according to the preliminary plan includes construction of seven road viaducts, 11 railway viaducts, three ecoducts and four railway bridges, including the longest railway bridge in the Baltic States – a 1.7 km long construction over the river Neris.

In total, 7 out of 11 procurement procedures of the detailed technical designs have been launched, covering 57% of the entire Rail Baltica line. For Estonia, the detailed technical design procurement procedures are underway for the entire line from the Latvian/Estonian border to Tallinn. In Latvia, two out of four designs have been launched around Riga (Central section) and the same for Lithuania – two sections out of four, spanning from Kaunas to the Lithuanian/Latvian border.