5 worldwide JVs shortlisted for Latvian leg of Rail Baltica

5 worldwide joint ventures have been moved on to the second spherical of procurement to construct the Latvia mainline part of Rail Baltica.

The venture is an 870km high-speed electrified rail line connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with additional connections to Finland and Poland. It’s the largest infrastructure venture within the Baltic states for over a century, costing €5.8bn however with a socio-economic advantage of €16.8bn in response to a benefit-cost ratio evaluation carried out by Ernst & Younger.

The Latvian part of the railway is 265km lengthy and there have been six joint ventures that utilized within the first spherical of procurement for its building. The nation’s nationwide implementing physique Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas (EDZL) has assessed these functions primarily based on their earlier expertise of constructing railways in accordance with European Union requirements and has whittled it down to 5 that advance to the second spherical of procurement.

The 5 profitable JVs are:

  • Webuild NGE-TSO JV – fashioned by Webuild (Italy), NGE Contracting (France) and TSO (France)
  • OHLA-GULERMARK Rail Baltica Joint Enterprise – fashioned by Obrascón Huarte Lain (Spain), Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve TaahhütŞ. (Turkey) and Gülermak (Poland)
  • RB Rail Baltica JV – fashioned by Eiffage Génie Civil (France), Budimex (Poland) and Rizzani de Eccher (Italy)
  • A JV fashioned by Aldesa Construcciones (Spain), China Civil Engineering Development Company (China) and TEK Baltic (Latvia)

The 5 shortlisted joint ventures at the moment are invited to submit monetary and technical particulars of their gives. A date for the choice has not been revealed, however building is earmarked to start in 2023.

The development will start subsequent 12 months outdoors of Latvian capital metropolis Riga. The primary part to be constructed can be between Riga Worldwide Airport and stretch in the direction of the Latvia – Lithuania border, in addition to connecting up with the Intermodal Freight Terminal at Salaspils.

Development of this part will start on the city of Bauska, the place the Rail Baltica infrastructure upkeep facility can be situated. This facility will turn into a logistics base in the course of the building of Rail Baltica, offering storage of supplies, gear and equipment. Supplies can be transported alongside the present 1520mm gauge rail community from this facility to work websites.

The venture will then transfer onto the items of infrastructure with the best ranges of engineering and technical complexity, particularly the bridges over the Iecava and Mēmele rivers.

EDZL board chair Kaspars Vingris stated: “This consequence confirms the constructive expertise we’ve had up to now with the competitors since attracting skilled and effectively–matured building corporations are a big think about additional implementation of the Rail Baltica venture. On this case we intention to draw a companion within the early section to make sure the development and cost-optimization potential and experience of the chosen companion on the finish of design section of the mainline.

“Partaking worldwide and skilled associations of contractors within the building of high-speed railway infrastructure may also considerably contribute to strengthening of information and competences within the Latvian building sector. The deliberate building works are combining many parts, equivalent to railway baselines, bridges, roads and overpasses, infrastructure upkeep factors, regional stations – a sophisticated subject of labor to construct a whole new railway line throughout the shortest attainable time.”

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