Rail Baltica Tender for Riga International Airport Station Enters Phase 2

Phase 1 of the procurement for the Rail Baltica passenger terminal at Riga International Airport dealt with selecting suitable candidates. This phase has now concluded and 11 companies have qualified for Phase 2 of the procurement process for this lot of works.

The 11 companies that have made it to Phase 2 come from eight different countries: Latvia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, France, Turkey and Austria.

Rail Baltica Riga International Airport
Rail Baltica Riga International Airport station visual

Phase 2

During this second phase, the 11 candidates will submit their technical and financial offer to the Rail Baltica project implementor in Latvia, Eiropas Dzelzcela līnijas Ltd, by 3 August. Rail Baltica is aiming to sing a contract with the successful candidate by the end fo the year so that construction can begin in 2021.

Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of Latvia, said:

“Rail Baltica station at the Riga International Airport will be the first high-speed rail and air connection centre in the Baltics. The Rail Baltica project is one of the catalysts for Latvia's economic development. It will connect the Baltics with the European railway network. The active construction phase of the project will start at the end of this year with construction works at the Riga Central Station and will continue with the construction works in the Riga International Airport and the main line of Rail Baltica.”

The works included in this tender involve the construction of the overpass, access roads, embankment, 6km of railway track and an overpass over K. Ulmanis Street. The successful contractor much have previous experience in the construction of public buildings, railway tracks and new highways. The estimates for the value of this contract are 250–280 million euros.

Kaspars Vingris, Chairman of the Board of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas Ltd, said:

“In this tender, we are experiencing very intense international competition. Professional and experienced candidates from many countries of the world including Latvia have applied. Professionally prepared applications have been submitted, which has allowed all 11 candidates to qualify for the second stage of the tender. This gives us the confidence that a high level of competition will be ensured, as a result of which the submitted technical and financial offers will be competitive, and we will be able to choose not only the best, but also the most cost-effective construction offer.”

The project is funded by the European Commission as well as by the Ministry of Transport. This breaks down as roughly 81–85 percent from the relevant EU funding instrument, and the remainder from the Latvian state budget. It is being implemented by Eiropas Dzelzcela līnijas Ltd and RB Rail AS.

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