On March 8, 2022, the Port of Gdansk announced a competitive procedure to select a lessee interested in seeding the maritime area located within the administrative borders of the Port, including for the purpose of construction of an installation terminal for offshore wind farms.
On March 1 the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution changing the location of the installation terminal for offshore wind farms. It indicates the Outer Port in Gdansk as meeting all criteria of the industry investors. From the point of view of the offshore wind energy sector development in Poland, the timing of the investment is crucial. And the location of the installation terminal in the Port of Gdansk guarantees that the first phase of the offshore sector development will be ready by June 1, 2025.
The Minister of State Assets applied for the change of location at the end of February. He justified his motion with agreements between companies responsible for execution of over 60 percent of offshore investments planned in Poland, i.e. PGE and PKN Orlen, and a subsidiary of the State Treasury, i.e. the Polish Development Fund.
– We want to meet these expectations, and this can only be done in a public selection procedure. Therefore, the Board of the Port of Gdansk S.A. has made a resolution to hold a new competition to select a tenant interested in leasing the maritime area within the administrative borders of the Port. We have already received a positive opinion from the Supervisory Board and on 8 March 2022 we published the competition proceedings. We will create conditions for the installation terminal to be built in the Port of Gdansk – says Łukasz Greinke, CEO of the Port of Gdansk.
The government wants to create proper port facilities to service offshore wind farms in the Polish economic zone on the Baltic Sea. For Poland this means among other things greater energy security and activation of national economy development processes. The development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic is key to the goals of “Poland’s Energy Policy until 2040.”
– Last year, for the first time, we conducted a procedure to select a lessee interested in seeding offshore areas within the administrative borders of the Port of Gdansk. DCT Gdansk Sp. z o.o. was selected as the tenant who will flood and construct the new Baltic Hub 3 terminal, thus increasing DCT Gdansk handling capacity by 1.5 million TEU to a total of 4.5 million TEU per year. It will also add an additional 37 hectares of Polish land, adds CEO Lukasz Greinke.
Initial bids will be accepted till June 8th 2022. However, the deadline for submission of binding offers will be 3 months after the settlement of the first stage of the proceedings.