The Rail Baltica national implementing body in Latvia Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas has launched the largest tender for the construction of the Rail Baltica in Latvia.
The interested companies must apply for the tender by 28 January 2022. The international tender for the construction works will be carried out in two stages. It is expected that the winner will be chosen, and contract concluded at the end of 2022, ensuring that the construction of the new railway line can start in the first half of 2023.
The contractor will be responsible for a 200 km-long mainline and infrastructure construction works in Latvia, outside the limits of Riga city.
The winner of the tender will have to provide construction works of substructure and superstructure for the Rail Baltica railway line in the territory of Latvia, including preparation of the territory, construction of embankments, railway bridges, roads, overpasses and rails and shift of networks.
The electrification and signalling sub-systems construction will not be procured within the framework of this tender. To implement common approach and considering the complexity of these railway systems and the high system safety requirements, new procurement is planned to be launched centrally by the Rail Baltica joint venture and global project coordinator RB Rail.
The candidate must have at least 7 years of experience in the construction of railways and other engineering infrastructure. Contracting authority is willing to attract construction companies with an annual turnover appropriate to the scale of the project.
The interested companies must have a quality management and environmental management systems and be experienced in a building information modelling (BIM) environment. An international tender will allow to choose the best combination of cost and professional experience within candidates.
Up to 85% of the project is financed from the Connecting Europe Facility with the remaining part being ensured by the Latvian state budget.
“We are now taking key steps to be prepared for the new railway line construction. The construction is intended to be implemented sequentially in accordance with the readiness of the sections. The most technically prepared section up to date is the southern part to the Latvia – Lithuania border. In this way, we can do our best to ensure that Latvia is connected to the European railway system in 2026 as planned,” Tālis Linkaits, the Minister of Transport said.
The construction works for the remaining sections and structures will be procured in separate tenders, including the sections of the mainline in the city of Riga (from Riga Airport to Torņkalns Station and from the Central Railway Station to Acone), mainline cross-border sections on the Latvia/Estonia and Latvia/Lithuania borders (20 km in Latvia) and the construction of the future Salaspils multimodal freight terminal.
Latvia has already signed the contracts for the construction of the Riga Central Railway Station and Riga Airport Railway Station.
Rail Baltica in Latvia will be 260 km-long starting at the Lithuania-Latvia border and running through 10 municipal territories.