Both companies are well prepared to design high-speed railways. With 3 500 people in 45 offices worldwide, IDOM has more than 20 years of experience in designing conventional and high-speed rail in Europe, America, Middle East, and Africa. Recently, the company has been involved in high-speed projects in Spain, Poland and Sweden. Similarly, INECO has been working in transport engineering and consultancy for 50 years, with more than 20 years of experience in the high-speed rail sector and offices in 50 countries. Currently, IDOM is involved in developing designs in four more sections of Rail Baltica.
“With over 3 000 km of high-speed rail delivered across Europe, IDOM is proud of contributing in the world-class project of Rail Baltica,” during the signing ceremony said Alvaro Rey, Chief Executive Officer of IDOM. “INECO and IDOM will combine their efforts to deliver a state-of-the-art and efficient transport system.”
The second contract worth 12 024 529 EUR was signed with the association of Egis Rail (France), DB Engineering & Consulting (Germany) and the Latvian company Olimps.
This association of companies will deliver the detailed technical design for 67 km of the track. According to the preliminary design, this section includes 33 road and railway viaducts, 11 bridges (including a large bridge over the river Daugava), 2 pedestrian crossings and 3 ecoducts. Similarly, the term of the contract is 24 months for design works and will be followed by author’s supervision works during the construction.
With engineering companies from France, Germany and Latvia, this association represents a blend of valuable international and local expertise.
Egis is the biggest engineering company from France with more than 15 000 employees worldwide and 1 billion euros turnover. Egis has more than 50 years of experience in engineering transportation systems and has coordinated and delivered numerous projects all over the world, from the Doha and Grand Paris metros, to the Nice and Birmingham LRT systems, but, especially, high-speed lines like the Kenitra-Tangier HSL in Morocco or the Sud Europe Atlantique HSL in France.”
As part of the Deutsche Bahn-Group, DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C) works on rail infrastructure projects nationally and internationally. The company employs around 4 800 employees and offers advising, designing and implementing for mobility and logistics projects from the idea to operations. References in Germany include, among other things, design and construction supervision for the Berlin–Munich high-speed route (“VDE 8”), overall planning of the first CO2-neutral ICE plant in Cologne-Nippes and overall coordination of the renewal of Hanover Main Station, including Building Information Modeling (BIM). Internationally, DB E&C is known as the engineering consultant for the Haramain high-speed rail project in Saudi Arabia, high-speed rail project Gothenburg–Borås in Sweden and has developed a complete traffic system for the Emirate of Qatar. Whereas Olimps from Latvia specialises in engineering, design and specification development as well as coordination of all level design documentation.
“Egis is very proud to take part in this major European project. It will change the way people and goods travel in the Baltic States, and it also a very strong symbol for the unity of Europe. Our Consortium with Egis, DB and Olimps is forming a European team from France, Germany and Latvia. This European atmosphere among the suppliers, but also within the Rail Baltica team is very challenging and very exciting. It is a significant project for Egis and our partners, a very good reference and we are keen to deliver it on time and with quality,” says Mr. Olivier Bouvard, CEO, EGIS RAIL.
85% of the funding necessary for these Rail Baltica design works is provided by the European Union and 15% by Latvia. Detailed technical design of the main line of Rail Baltica in Latvia will be delivered by RB Rail AS on behalf of the Ministry of Transport.