RB Rail announced that the study on the development of energy subsystem procurement and deployment strategy for Rail Baltica has commenced. In January the contract for the study was signed with Ineco-Ardanuy consortium. Study results are expected by the end of 2019.
The study will include the assessment of railway power demand and distribution on the new line, electricity supplier analysis of the Baltic region, multifactor analysis of electricity transmission grids, traction sub-station technology options, overhead catenary system technological analysis as well as the identification of the most effective energy subsystem procurement model.
Rail Baltica energy subsystem is a subject of long-term investment. It needs to be analysed carefully, evaluating the best available technologies and their life-cycle costs to identify the most economically advantageous solution for the energy subsystem deployment.
The technological aspects will be analysed in depth, considering the significant changes in the energy sector – a paradigm shift from centralised to decentralised production, from fossil to renewable sources. The consortium will address these changes, studying market conditions, the availability and suitability of a range of options, and various procurement models.
One of the Rail Baltica’s goals is to provide an environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and it is important to note that emissions from transport sector remain the main obstacle in delivering the EU’s climate commitments. This study includes the analysis of environmental impact from the energy subsystem perspective, covering how to minimize this, both during the design and construction phases as well as during the future operation and maintenance of the railway.
Together with the impact of technological changes, innovative ways of monitoring and optimising energy usage and reducing emissions, and the use of more sustainable options wherever appropriate, the subsystem design, delivery and operation are crucial areas of this study.