RB Rail, the joint venture (JV) implementing the Rail Baltica project, has issued the first tender to procure key materials for constructing the cross-border railway line.

The $55.35 (€46m) public procurement will involve the supply of the cableway materials and components.

Overall, it will include multi ducts, cable ducts, cable channels, manholes and other supporting components to build the Rail Baltica railway main line in the Baltics.

All proposals are expected by the end of this month.

RB Rail chief programme officer Mark Loader said: “A project of the scale of Rail Baltica provides the opportunity to achieve major benefits from carrying our procurements for common materials and components for use across the whole 870km of the railway.

“We are delighted to launch the first of many tenders for these consolidated procurements. We hope that suppliers will recognise the scale of this opportunity and provide strong tenders for this and upcoming tenders.”

The JV launched the tender following a supplier market study aimed to gain additional insights on key benefits that can be achieved from the centralised component supply.

RB Rail Procurement Department head Kristjan Piirsalu said: “This is a significant step in the fast progressing implementation of the Rail Baltica project as part of a procurement programme for the range of materials and components to be rolled out in 2021.

“We expect many good proposals from across the industry and countries and believe that this is a great opportunity for suppliers, providing much needed trust into business continuity during these difficult economic times.”

Rail Baltica is a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project which aims to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network.

Large scale construction works in all Baltic countries are expected to start this year.

All proposals are expected by the end of this month. Credit: S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay.