Ardanuy Ingenieria to electrify Estonia’s railway network
The Joint Venture comprised of the Spanish engineering companies, Ardanuy and Ayesa, has been awarded the electrification project for the Estonian rail network. The project is being managed by the Estonian railway authority, Esti Raudtee (EVR).
Both companies will work to elaborate the preliminary design of these works which includes over 500 km of track connection as part of this modernization initiative. Furthermore, the Estonian rail network belongs to the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
The JV’s proposal will take into account all relevant aspects needed to properly electrify the rail. The solution will include the specific OCS system and traction substations to be implemented, apart from their corresponding connection parameters to correctly supply electric energy to the entire railway network.
A network in the process of modernization
The present-day electrified rail network in Estonia stretches from the Northeastern area of Harju County (which spans 225 km long) to the Western part of the country where the capital, Tallin, is located. The electrified rails currently in operation run on 3 kVdc.
The works being carried out by Ardanuy and Ayesa will modernize the network’s connection and provide Estonia with electrified rail for the whole country. The ultimate goal of this project being to ensure that current and future transport needs for both passenger and freight traffic are successfully met. Furthermore, electrification will help to contribute to an Estonian railway system which is more sustainable not only from an economic point of view, but from an environmental and social one as well.
As part of this contract, Ardauy and Ayesa will design an electrification solution based on an operating voltage of 25kVac and will encompass lines totaling more than 500 km.
Ardanuy, a key company in the Baltic States
This contract further consolidates Ardanuy’s presence in Estonia where the company has already worked for RB Rail AS within the framework of the Baltic Network contract. The electrification project is yet another example of the company’s endeavors in the Baltic countries where it has been conducting business for almost 20 years now. Moreover, the company has offices in Lithuania which serve as the headquarters from which all project planning in this strategic market are carried out.