A Joint Venture formed by the companies Project Planning & Management Ltd. and IRD Engineering SRL have recently signed a contract aimed at the provision of technical assistance to Ukrzaliznytsia (Joint Stock Company “Ukrainian Railways”) during the implementation of the Railway Modernisation Project, a 306 million investment program co-financed with two loans from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and with a grant from the European Union.

The project consists of the phased electrification of 253 kilometres of railway lines, comprising the Dolynska – Mykolaiv section (Phase I, with a total length of 148 km, including a new high voltage line with 2 substations) and the Mykolaiv – Kolosivka section (Phase II, with a total length of 105 km), together with the modernisation of all signalling and telecommunication systems. Works will be delivered through three internationally-tendered and one locally-tendered contracts, using FIDIC Pink Book Conditions.

A multidisciplinary team of specialists from the partner companies will deliver all types of technical and procurement support to Ukrzaliznytsia during the overall contract implementation, having an advisory role to assist in meeting all schedules in the implementation of the project, as well as in assessing any claims and variation orders, and in monitoring and reporting on the compliance of the project to all Financiers’ requirements, such as all the environmental and social safeguard provisions,.

The railway network in Ukraine is the largest in Europe, with approximately 21,600 kilometres of tracks, of which only about 45% are electrified. The network is also the fourth largest by volume of traffic in Europe.

This project shall complete the missing link of the electrified comprehensive extended Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) railway corridor in Ukraine, having been identified as a priority investment under Ukraine’s National Transport Strategy and by the Eastern Partnership Transport Panel.

IRD Engineering is currently implementing relevant railway engineering projects in Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova, and Ukraine. With expertise across a wide range of technical areas, our transport capabilities extend through all stages of project delivery, from inception to completion, including: feasibility studies, computer modelling, survey and design, tender evaluation, concept through to detailed design, contract management, construction supervision, quality assurance, commissioning, and operations and maintenance.

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