RB Rail AS’ choice of Ardanuy Ingenieria and INECO to complete the “Rail Baltica” Railway Project is due to the fact that both Companies “have demonstrated their solid experience in the railway sector, especially in the energy field”. The contract was signed in January of 2019 and the results of the study are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The main objective of the study is to develop a safe, efficient and interoperable Energy Subsystem. Additionally, this Subsystem is meant to be “as robust as possible in order to guarantee continuous railway operation which is capable of adapting to operational changes. This Subsystem must also be flexible enough to meet traffic demands and efficient in terms of capacity, maintenance and energy use”.
For RB Rail AS, this Subsystem is a long term investment. Therefore, in order to identify the most advantageous solution, a thorough analysis is requested in which the best available technologies will be evaluated, and a design created whose aim will be to reduce life cycle costs.
Among other aspects, the study will include an evaluation of railway energy demand, as well as its distribution throughout the network in accordance with planned train traffic and also the assessment of electricity suppliers in the Baltic Region. The technological options of the traction subsystem will also be evaluated, and a multifactorial analysis of the transmission and other technological networks of the overhead catenary system and the deployment strategy will be carried out. All of this will be accompanied by a survey regarding the conditions of the suppliers’ market.
Energy Efficiency and the Environment
The Project will include an analysis in which indications are given as to how to minimize the environmental impact during the design and construction phases, as well as in the commercial operation and maintenance of the network. To do this, we will be keeping in mind new technologies, innovations in monitoring, as well as optimizing the use of energy with more sustainable options (decentralized production, renewable energies, etc.).