The government intends to allocate PLN 856 million for the long-term programme “Breakwater construction in the Port of Gdansk” – according to the list of legislative and programme works of the Council of Ministers. The breakwater is to make it possible, among other things, to set up an FSRU – a floating LNG terminal – in the port.
According to the list, in the second quarter of this year, the Council of Ministers is planning to adopt a draft law prepared by the Polish government. According to the list, in the second quarter of this year, the Council of Ministers is planning to adopt a resolution prepared by the Ministry of Infrastructure concerning the establishment of a long-term programme named ‘Construction of the protective breakwater in the Port of Gdansk’. The project envisages the construction of infrastructure providing access to the external port, in the form of a 1,000 metre-long breakwater and accompanying facilities.
As the applicants stated in their entry to the List, the construction is a necessary condition for the development of further port functions by creating a berth in the form of a floating LNG regasification terminal (FSRU) – for the unloading of LNG carriers with a cargo capacity of up to 180,000 cubic metres and the preparation of a jetty for gas unloading at a level of 6 billion cubic metres per year, and in the future increase to the target level of 12 billion cubic metres of gas per year.
An additional effect is expected to be the transfer of large vessel traffic to the port of Gdañsk, which – according to the applicants – will allow further development of tourist and recreational shipping on routes to ports in the Tri-city area and at the entrance to ports on the Vistula Lagoon, and will reduce the growing navigational risks on the Baltic Sea. At the same time – as was pointed out – the investment will contribute to strengthening the role of the Central European Transport Corridor CETC in connection with the TEN-T intermodal trans-European transport network.
According to the published assumptions of the draft resolution, the implementation of the programme is scheduled for 2022-2027.
According to the current development plan of the gas transmission operator – Gaz-System, the floating FSRU terminal is to be commissioned at the beginning of 2028.
Gaz-System is currently conducting Phase 1 of the Open Season procedure for the FSRU project with a regasification capacity of 6.1 bcm of gas per year. Upon completion of Phase 1, Gaz-System is to assess whether the level of regasification services requested in the submitted orders is sufficient to proceed with the project. The submission of an order for regasification services at this terminal was confirmed by PGNiG.