Rail Baltic, Elering conclude agreement on reconstruction of energy infrastructure

  • 2020-02-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Rail Baltic Estonia and Elering signed a cooperation agreement on Friday that sets out the terms and conditions for the reconstruction of the intersections of the track of Rail Baltic with high-voltage power and gas transmission lines of Elering.

Along its 213-kilometer track in Estonia, Rail Baltic intersects with different overhead power lines and gas pipelines of Elering. In order for the functioning of the infrastructures to be safe and for them to function also after the new railway is established, five points of intersection with 330-kilovolt overhead lines, 26 points of intersection with 110-kilovolt overhead lines, as well as six points of intersection with gas pipelines have to be reconstructed as part of the project, Rail Baltic said. 

The organization of the work to reconstruct the railway and the pieces of infrastructure will be a task of Rail Baltic Estonia. Elering meanwhile will carry out technical oversight over designing and the execution of the works throughout the project.

Marko Kivila, acting board member of Rail Baltic Estonia OU, said it is important that construction of the railway will not cause disruptions in the functioning of networks and the works will be performed in accordance with the established timetable. He said Rail Baltic will invest to the tune of 10 million euros in the reconstruction of the points of intersection and expects the works to be completed by the end of 2022. 

Eleringi CEO Taavi Veskimagi meanwhile said Elering was glad to be making its contribution to the Rail Baltic large-scale project, supporting the development of electric transport and thereby the meeting of climate goals in Estonia.

The first tenders under the infrastructure reconstruction project are to start in March. Depending on progress on the project, it is likely that the works to reconstruct the points of intersection with overhead power lines will be divided into four or five tenders and the works to reconstruct gas pipelines into two or three tenders.