The Estonian company Vitras-S, part of Skinest, a private railway services and investment group, has won the tender announced by Lietuvos gelezinkeliai for the construction and installation of a section of the state railway line New Vilnius – Turmantas – the state border with Latvia and the crossing near Pazheimeyan, Lithuanian media reported.
Vitras-S undertook to renew the railway infrastructure on the 51st km of the line, to lay a track section of about 1 km long, as well as to equip power supply, communication, signaling and traffic control systems.
The contract was signed by Vitras-S after the Commission for the Protection of Important Facilities for National Security did not object to it, the company said. According to a special decree of the Government of Lithuania, the construction and equipment of the railway will be financed by the Ministry of Protection of the Territory (IOC), and reconstruction of the railway crossing will be financed in equal shares by the IOC and Lietuvos gelezinkeliai.
“This gain is important evidence for us that Vitras-S has the competence and resources to implement complex railway infrastructure projects. Both this and the previously won projects to restore the Renge site are the technically challenging challenges we are ready for, ”said Vaidotas Balinas, Chairman of the Board of Vitras-S.
Vitras-S won the competition for the reconstruction of the Mazeikiai railway section – the state border with Latvia in March this year. The project, whose cost exceeds € 11.3 million, is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2020.
Vitras-S is part of the Skinest Rail company of the Estonian Skinest group of companies and provides complete solutions for railway transport in the Baltic countries, Finland, Poland, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
In Lithuania, Skinest also owns the subsidiary Skinest Baltija, the biofuel company Gretvita and the car dealer BRC.
Currently, Skinest is suing Lietuvos gelezinkeliai for not admitting to the competition for electrification of the railway line in Klaipeda. Lithuanian railway workers justify their decision with questions of national security.