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Litgrid signs cooperation agreement supporting the electrification of Rail Baltica

Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid AB, national implementing body LTG Infra, and joint venture RB Rail AS have signed a cooperation agreement that enables the preparation of the electricity transmission network for electrifying the European railway line Rail Baltica.

The agreement between the companies allows for the preparation of the electricity transmission network for the electrification of Rail Baltica, a European railway line recognised as a project of particular importance. A total of 5 sites are to be prepared for integrating the Rail Baltica traction substations into Litgrid’s existing network.

“The signed cooperation agreement with Litgrid, LTG Infra, and RB Rail, confirming the division of works and responsibilities, is significant for the application for further funding for Rail Baltica electrification and allows us to move forward with the work with our partners at a fast pace. Similar cooperation is taking place with transmission network operators also in Estonia and Latvia. This ensures consistency in project implementation in all countries,” said Irmantas Butkauskas, PMP, Head of RB Rail’s Lithuanian branch.

“We are ready to contribute to the success of the Rail Baltica project. By signing the cooperation agreement, we can already start planning resources and making plans so that when the electrification implementation phase starts, we will be ready to promptly approve the prepared technical designs of the structures, conclude the connection agreements, select the contractors for the installation and conversion works and other important steps,” underlined Rokas Masiulis, Litgrid CEO.

“Timely financing of the project is one of the cornerstones for efficient project execution. In this particular case, we are talking about financing the connection of the electricity transmission grids to the traction substations of the Rail Baltica project. Another important aspect of the signed agreement is that it defines the principles of cooperation, which will enable parallel preparations for the next important stage of the project – electrification – to be carried out while the construction of the railway track is still underway,” said Vytis Zalimas, CEO of LTG.

Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic States, which will see the construction of an electrified, European-standard double-track railway linking Warsaw, Kaunas, Vilnius, Panevėžys, Riga, Perm and Tallinn. The total length of the Rail Baltica line in the Baltics is 870 km: 392 km in Lithuania, 265 km in Latvia and 213 km in Estonia. The project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

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