PERN and the Port of Gdynia: strategic cooperation for national security

Liquid Fuels Transshipment Station

The Port of Gdynia’s Liquid Fuels Transshipment Station and PERN’s fuel depot at Dębogórze are today key elements of the infrastructure that form the pillars of Poland’s energy security. Cooperation between the two entities is just now entering a higher level. Intensive work is underway to deepen the waterway at the Port of Gdynia, which will allow PERN to unload diesel tankers with a capacity of over 100,000 tonnes and a draught of up to 15 metres.

The fuel depot in Dębogórze unloaded as much as two-thirds more fuel in January this year than it did in January 2022, realising the maximum possible volumes, and PERN, together with its Partners, i.e. the Port of Gdynia and PKP, is carrying out a number of investments to multiply the possibilities in this respect.

Fuel tanks and rail in the spotlight
Since 2016, PERN has been intensively developing the base at Dębogórze. To date, the company has already built three new diesel tanks with a capacity of 32,000 mᶟ each. Two similar ones will go into service for customers later this year. This is not the end of the investment, as PERN is in the process of building another three tanks – this time with a capacity of 50,000 mᶟ each.

The company is implementing a number of measures that will increase its capacity for loading and dispatching fuels for rail transport. This is an important element given the need to export products into the country as quickly as possible.

We know that the demand for the services of the Port of Gdynia and PERN will only increase in the near future due to the change in the architecture of oil and fuel supply to Poland. The investments we are currently making will allow us to enter a higher level of energy security and serve even better those customers with whom we have signed contracts,” noted Paweł Stańczyk, CEO of PERN.

PERN, Port of Gdynia and PKP – working together for security
The success of Dębogórz also depends on good cooperation with partners such as the Port of Gdynia and PKP, whose investments support fuel distribution capabilities.

The Port of Gdynia Authority has already started a project to extend the existing SPPP berth in the Port of Gdynia to enable tankers with a carrying capacity of more than 100,000 tonnes to be unloaded into the Debogórz base.

The Port of Gdynia builds long-term and positive business relationships with its contractors. An example of such cooperation is PERN. Our relations are based on a win-win strategy, in which not only both parties benefit, but also have clear goals for further expansion, which translates, above all, into the energy security of the country – said Jacek Sadaj, president of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.

As far as PKP PLK is concerned, the company is implementing an ambitious project – ‘Improving rail access to the sea port in Gdynia’. As part of the investment, PKP PLK will rebuild a total of 115 kilometres of track, and the efficiency of train services will be ensured by 356 new turnouts. The project will result in faster transport of more goods.

Another important issue is the subject of the modernisation of the railway line No. 201 Gdynia – Maksymilianowo. From the perspective of the current operation and future development of the PERN Dębogórze depot as well as the Port of Gdynia, this project is key to increasing the possibility of fuel derivation to rail transport.



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