Sweco Projekt AS has won the contract for the design of Muuga freight terminal, in Estonia. Five companies participated in the tender.
The design contract from Rail Baltic Estonia is valued at €2.17M including VAT, which will be financed from the EU Connecting Europe Facility. The design should be ready in Q2 2021 first stage of the construction should commence in early 2022, with completion slated for the end of 2025.
The new railead will have both standard and Russian broad gauge tracks. Around 35 km of new 1,435mm gauge and 11 kms of 1,520mm gauge approach lines will be laid or relocated..
Sweco Projekt will also design essential infrastructure such as approach roads, a rail tunnel and track control and maintenance buildings.
“Muuga freight station will be one of the key sites of Rail Baltica, the unique combination of infrastructures which is to emerge there will allow goods to be transhipped from marine transport or road transport to railway means of transport of varying width and vice versa,” said Tõnu Grünberg, CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia.
Within a few years, the facility is expected to cater for 4-5 Mtpa of rail-borne cargo. An analysis performed by Civitta Eesti AS and Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting GmbH in 2018 shows that the volume might even double within 20 years.