Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas (EDZL), which is responsible for the implementation of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia, has announced a tender for the construction of the main railway track in the country.

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The procedure involves the involvement of a general contractor at an early stage of the project to participate in the development. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas.

The subject of the tender is the construction of the track basement and its superstructure, artificial structures, including the preparation of the territory, on a line with a length of more than 200 km outside the city of Riga.

The total length of the Latvian section of the track is 260 km. The construction of the remaining parts of the line will be the subject of separate tenders.

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Companies with at least seven years of experience in railway construction and an annual turnover corresponding to the scale of the project can participate in the international tender. Applicants must have quality management systems and environmental safety, as well as the skills to work in information modeling of buildings and structures.

The competition will be held in two stages. During the first stage, based on the analysis of the candidates’ proposals, the participants of the second stage will be selected, at which the final proposals will be considered. Candidates must submit the required documents by January 28, 2022; it is planned to announce the participants of the second stage in April 2022. Work is expected to begin in the first half of 2023.

As for the financing of the work: 85% will come from the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, other funds from the state budget of the country.

The construction of electrification facilities and signaling system devices are not included in the tender. To ensure the unification of these infrastructure elements, the global project coordinator RB Rail will centrally hold a separate tender.

As previously reported, the launch of Rail Baltica was postponed until 2030.

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