Fima to electrify railway line from Naujoji Vilnia to the Belarusian border

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On November the 7th, Fima, Eurovia Lietuva and Eurovia CS have signed an agreement with Lithuanian Railways to electrify the rail line between Naujoji Vilnia and Kena.|

"This project is significant as it will finally plug a gap in Lithuania’s electrification project on the international line between Vilnius and Minsk. We feel great responsibility and are aware of the challenges of implementing this strategically critical project. We are greatly honoured to be able to contribute our knowledge and expertise to upgrading the country's transport infrastructure, speedup economic development and improve the quality of life," Fima's General Director, Gintaras Juknevičius, said as the agreement was signed.

The Deputy General Manager of Lithuanian Railways, Albertas Šimėnas, said that electrification of the line to Belarus will deliver major benefits for Lithuanian Railways as well as to Klaipėda Seaport and will assist new logistics centres in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda as they compete in the freight transit market.

Electrification of the line between Naujoji Vilnia and Kena is the first project of its kind since Lithuania regained independence. Eurovia will carry out construction work on the line while Fima will build the traction power network, erect 110/27,5/10 kV traction substations and carry out the required work to ensure that all of the new and reconstructed equipment can be operated from the SCADA power control system at the Traffic Control Centre. The work should all be completed by early 2015.

Electrification of the line from Vilnius to Minsk is part of a joint Lithuanian-Belarusian project to improve communications between the two cities. The introduction of electric trains will see the journey time between the capitals shrink to just two hours.

Boasting more than 15 years of experience of designing and installing rail engineering systems, Fima is now the Baltic’s leading railway solutions implementer. The company is now close to completing reconstruction of the Kaunas to Kybartai section of the line in Lithuania and has installed advanced traffic control, telecommunications and power supply systems. It is also a partner in the upgrading of the Latvian rail network.