MAP deputy head: Elbląg port can handle offshore wind farms
Maintenance units for offshore wind farms may be stationed in the port of Elbląg, deputy minister for state assets Andrzej Śliwka said on Tuesday. He added that talks are underway to recapitalise the port in exchange for a stake.
Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of State Assets Andrzej Śliwka admitted in a morning conversation on Radio Olsztyn that talks are underway with companies that could use the port in Elbląg.
– Now State Treasury companies will carry out massive investments in offshore wind energy, offshore. There will be a need for smaller ports to serve this whole service base. (…) I have spoken to the president (of PKN Orlen) Daniel Obajtek regarding the development of the port precisely in terms of offshore servicing,’ said Śliwka.
As he said, the port of Elbląg could co-operate with the National Food Group, e.g. Elewarr could transport grain from the port of Elbląg.
– We are now at the analysis stage. (…) I have spoken to the Azoty Group, which has its own company +Fosfory+ in Gdańsk, whether it would see an opportunity to benefit from the advantages of the Elbląg port,” enumerated Deputy Minister Śliwka.
The Vistula Spit Shipping Canal will be opened on 17 September, which is the first stage in the construction of a new waterway that will enable the port of Elbląg to open onto the Baltic Sea. The second phase of this investment, which includes work on the Elbląg River with the construction of a rotating bridge in Nowakowo, is also progressing. The Maritime Office in Gdynia reported last week that work on the second stage of the construction of the waterway linking the Vistula Lagoon with the Gulf of Gdansk is about 50 per cent advanced.
When all the work is completed, the waterway linking the Vistula Lagoon with the Gulf of Gdansk will allow vessels up to 100 metres long and 20 metres wide with a draught of 4.5 metres to enter the port of Elbląg.