RB Rail has awarded a contract to Civitta Estonia and Railistics to carry out a feasibility study of the Pärnu freight terminal as part of the Rail Baltica Global Project, which aims to integrate the Baltic States into the European rail network.

The €139,876 contract was awarded following a tender process that received proposals from four applicants, including ETC Transport Consultants, Ernst & Young Baltic, Civitta Eesti and Railistics as a joint tenderer, and Aecom. Estonian Public Procurement Law oversaw the procurement process.

The feasibility study is expected to evaluate the possible alternatives for the Pärnu freight terminal and the benefits it could bring to the Global Project.

“This study will help us better understand the economic importance of Pärnu as part of the railway line design in the context of freight transportation.”

It is also set to analyse what technical constraints would arise from the preferred alignment of Rail Baltica’s main line.

The study will further cover market analysis with freight forecast modelling, as well as spatial and technical analysis and the selection of preferred option considering the terminal’s functional and technical requirements identified during the process.

As part of the study, Civitta Estonia and Railistics will assess the terminal’s projected cargo handling volumes until 2055, which will be aligned and cross-checked with the Rail Baltica Global Project cost-benefit analysis.

The final report of the study is scheduled to be prepared by the end of this year.

RB Rail Estonia and Finland country manager Aivar Jaeski said: “This study will help us better understand the economic importance of Pärnu as part of the railway line design in the context of freight transportation.

“Due to the fact that the construction of Rail Baltica is a large-scale project that influences the economic environment of all three Baltic States, our decision-making in the design and construction phase has to follow the cost-effectiveness principle. Each study will bring us closer to finding optimal solutions.”