Work is due to begin later this year and the $US 90m project will be completed by the end of 2015.

Lithuanian Railways (LG) is planning to electrify the line from Novaya Wilnya near Vilnius to the border at Šumskas which would complete the electrification of the line between Vilnius and Minsk.

The two schemes are part of a larger international project to complete electrification between the Black Sea ports of Ukraine and Klaipeda on Lithuania's Baltic coast. Later this year Ukrainian Railways will begin erecting catenary on the Berdichev - Zhytomir - Korosten - Vystupovichi line.