The Rail Baltica joint venture (JV) RB Rail has commenced the tender process for the delivery of design and supervision services for a section of a railway line in Estonia.

The procurement process involves a nearly 93.5km section from Pärnu to Estonian-Latvian border.

It encompasses preparation of the master design for construction of the railway track substructure, superstructure and associated civil structures.

Additionally, the scope of procurement includes the development of value engineering studies, spatial planning solutions, detailed technical design and author supervision.

RB Rail chief technical officer Mart Nielsen said: “I am happy to see that the Rail Baltica project is continuously progressing into the design phase. As of now, procurement of the design services for the entire railway line in Estonia is underway.

“As a result of professional and close cooperation between the joint venture and national implementing bodies we have developed technical specifications and announced tenders for seven out of 11 design procurements in all three Baltic States.”

“We have developed technical specifications and announced tenders for seven out of 11 design procurements in all three Baltic States.”

Under the procurement process, the contractor will be selected following a two-stage procedure.

In the first stage, the participants will submit applications to verify their qualification. During the second stage, full technical information will be issued to the qualified participants.

It will be followed by the submission of initial proposals, negotiations and subsequently the applicants will submit their final proposals.

The deadline for the first stage of application is 14 January next year.

Once developed, the double-track electrified railway section of Pärnu to Estonian-Latvian border section will feature nine bridges, 15 road viaducts, seven railway viaducts, 11 eco-ducts and two pedestrian tunnels.

It will also have an international passenger station in Pärnu, a passenger station in Häädemeeste and a potential freight station at Pärnu.