Winner announced in the second detailed technical design tender for the Rail Baltica main line in Estonia

  • 2019-05-22
  • TBT Staff

RIGA – The joint venture of the Rail Baltica project RB Rail AS has announced the winner of the “Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Tallinn to Rapla”. The offer of a Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture was chosen as the most economically advantageous amounting to EUR 11 363 907. The contract with the winner will be signed after completion of all necessary procedures.

This high-speed railway section is 48 km long and, according to the preliminary design, will include 32 viaducts and pedestrian crossing, including a Tallinn–Rapla highway viaduct over the railway, as well as four animal passages (ecoducts).

The scope of this procurement includes site investigations, preparation of the master design for construction of the railway track substructure, superstructure, related civil structures as well as development of the value engineering studies, detailed technical design, which have to be executed within 24 months, and author supervision during the construction phase, following design completion.

IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, S.A.U. has more than 20 years of experience in designing conventional and high-speed rail in Europe, America, Middle East, and Africa. Recently, the company has been involved in high-speed projects in Spain, Poland and Sweden. IDOM employs 3 500 people in 45 offices worldwide.

In total, 7 out of 11 procurement procedures of the detailed technical design services for the main line of Rail Baltica have been launched in the Baltic States, covering 57% of the entire length of the line.

For Estonia, the detailed technical design procurement procedures are underway for the entire line from the Latvian/Estonian border to Tallinn and first design contract was signed in March. In Latvia, two out of four design procurements have been launched around Riga.

Additionally, in June two more design tenders will be launched for Latvia in the sections towards the border of Latvia with Estonia and Lithuania. As for Lithuania, two sections out of four, spanning from Kaunas to the Lithuanian/Latvian border are being procured. In April, the first design contract was signed for a section from Kaunas to Ramygala.

RB Rail AS

RB Rail AS is a multi-national joint venture of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, established to coordinate the implementation of the Rail Baltica Global Project – a high-speed railway infrastructure from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border. RB Rail as a central coordinator is responsible for the design, construction and marketing of the Global Project. The headquarter of RB Rail AS is situated in Riga and the company currently employs 67 people.