Rail Baltica launches electrification supply

RB Rail AS has announced a public contract for the design and construction of the electrification systems for the entire Rail Baltica high-speed rail line, which will cover more than 870 kilometers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The railway’s energy subsystem will be unified across the three countries to ensure full compliance with safety requirements, while allowing the project to benefit economically from its scale. This consolidation makes the electrification of the Rail Baltica line the largest rail electrification project in Europe to be implemented as a single project.

On June 1, 2022, the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS announced a public contract for the design and construction of the Rail Baltica energy subsystem

The contract will consist of two stages and will include the design and construction of the traction electric substations, the high voltage connection points to connect the traction electric substations to the public networks, the overhead contact system and the control system energy control.

Jean-Marc Bedmar, Head of Systems and Operations Department at RB Rail AS said:

“We consider this to be a truly historic achievement for the overall Rail Baltica project and a strong proof of the Baltic States’ determination to implement this project in a united manner. It is the first time that purchases of such magnitude and magnitude are being organized in three countries in Europe with the aim of providing a single electrification system with the same rules for operational maintenance and the same interoperability requirements in several countries.

Throughout the project, more than 2,000 kilometers of overhead equipment, around 4,350 tons of copper materials and around 50,000 masts will be installed along the 870 kilometers of double track line. Once operational, Rail Baltica will consume approximately 900 GWh/year of electricity.

The chosen approach will also have to take into account the complexities of the different legislations across the borders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Jean-Marc Bedmar adds:

“The pursuit of a major cross-border railway electrification project through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and interconnected with Poland, requires the establishment of close cooperation between government authorities, a strong involvement of the managers of electricity transmission networks and electricity suppliers – ultimately enabling Rail Baltica’s contribution to be maximized. EU energy and transport policies, the Green Deal as well as national decarbonisation plans.

The implementation of the Rail Baltica high-speed railway is funded by the national states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and is co-funded by the European Union.

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