Three companies from Italy, France and Spain were nominated for the second round of engineering, consulting and supervision services for the construction of the Rail Baltica main line in Latvia. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Global Railway Review.

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Italferr SpA (Italy), SYSTRA SA (France) and an association consisting of Tecnica y Proyectos SA and PROINTEC S .AU (Spain) met the legal and qualification requirements set out in the procurement. Work is currently underway to prepare documentation for the second round of procurement, and tenderers will be required to submit their financial and technical proposals in this round.

“The tender for construction supervision services is being held in parallel with the largest procurement for the construction of a railway line in Latvia,” said Kaspars Vingris, chairman of the board of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas. “Both tenders, the construction of the line and its supervision, are carried out with the aim of starting work on the construction of the main railway line outside Riga in 2023. For us, as a client, it is important to create a competent and experienced team to carry out construction work in accordance with the highest requirements of Rail Baltica in terms of safety, operation, environmental accessibility and sustainability. We are pleased to see that companies with global experience have applied to participate in this tender. Engaging contractors and engineers with international experience gives growth and knowledge transfer to the Latvian construction sector.”

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An engineering consultant and construction supervision service provider for the construction works of the Rail Baltica main line in Latvia will be obliged to supervise the construction of the Rail Baltica main line outside the city of Riga with a length of more than 200 km, including preparation section, embankments, construction of railway bridges, roads and overpasses, transfer of engineering networks and construction of the track, as well as the management of contracts and control over their compliance. Given the scale of the project and the complexity of the work, as well as the application of the best practices of European countries, construction supervision and contract management will be carried out by the so-called FIDIC engineer in accordance with the FIDIC White Paper. It is expected that the contract with the tender winner will be awarded at the end of 2022.

The financing of this project in the amount of 81-85 percent is provided by the Connecting Europe Foundation, and the rest is provided by the budgets of the three Baltic countries.

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