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Litgrid to organize for electrification of Rail Baltica line in Lithuania

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The Rail Baltica undertaking three way partnership RB Rail has signed a cooperation settlement with Lithuanian electrical energy transmission operator Litgrid and implementing physique LTG Infra to organize for the electrification of the rail line. 

Litgrid and LTG Infra will combine Rail Baltica’s traction substations into their current community to organize for the electrification of the 392km Lithuanian part of the 870km line. 

Irmantas Butkauskas, head of RB Rail’s Lithuanian department, stated: The settlement, “confirming the division of works and obligations, is critical for the applying for additional funding for Rail Baltica electrification and permits us to maneuver ahead with the work with our companions at a quick tempo.  

“Comparable cooperation is going down with transmission community operators additionally in Estonia and Latvia. This ensures consistency in undertaking implementation in all international locations.” 

The settlement is the most recent step ahead for the undertaking, which can join the Baltic international locations with a double-track railway linking Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland. 

5 websites might be ready for integrating Rail Baltica substations into Litgrid’s community, with Litgrid CEO Rokas Masiulis saying the settlement permits the businesses to begin planning assets to organize for a fast course of when electrification of the road begins. 

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Masiulis stated: “By signing the cooperation settlement, we are able to already begin planning assets and planning in order that when the electrification implementation section begins, we might be able to promptly approve the ready technical designs of the constructions, conclude the connection agreements, choose the contractors for the set up and conversion works and different necessary steps.” 

The undertaking is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility however has been hit by rising prices and delays because it started in 2016, with Latvian public broadcaster LSM reporting prices may attain €8bn ($8.7bn) as a substitute of the €5.8bn initially proposed.


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