Record-breaking investments in maritime infrastructure in Pomeranian region
The value of investments in infrastructure in the Pomeranian region at the Baltic Sea is more than 50 billion PLN (10.8 billion EUR). Among them are the so-called Red Route and the construction of a breakwater in the Port of Gdansk.
According to the latest report by a research company Spectis, entitled “Construction market in Poland 2021-2026 – analysis of 16 provinces”, 960 largest ongoing and planned investments in Poland are worth PLN 682 bln. The leaders in terms of the value of projects are Pomorskie and Mazowieckie voivodships. In both of them, the value of investments exceeds 50 billion PLN. Further positions are occupied by Śląskie and Małopolskie voivodships – over 45 billion PLN each, and Dolnośląskie and Zachodniopomorskie voivodships – nearly 40 billion PLN each.
An agreement on financing preparatory works for the construction of the Red Road in Gdynia was signed at the Port of Gdynia on 11 April this year. The company Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (eng. Central Transportation Hub STH – a planned transfer hub between Warsaw and Łódź, which will integrate air, rail and road transport) will provide 20 million PLN for this purpose. The estimated total value of the project is 2.7 billion PLN. Poland’s General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways has planned the construction of the Red Road for about five years.
– The Red Road construction is an investment of great economic importance, not only locally. It will be the so-called last mile directly integrating the Port of Gdynia into the network of expressways and motorways, which will improve the investment attractiveness of the Tri-City for entrepreneurs from all over the world. The Red Route will further develop the Port of Gdynia. Still, it will also be important for the nationwide STH programme – said deputy minister of infrastructure, government plenipotentiary for STH Marcin Horała.
The Red Road is a direct link to the Tri-City bypass, which will connect the Port of Gdynia with the national road network, including the S6 express route. The new dual carriageway section will run from the Port of Gdynia to the junction of Morska Street with the Tri-City Bypass and replace the existing Kwiatkowski Flyover.
Another large infrastructure project in the Pomeranian Region will be the construction of a breakwater in the Port of Gdansk. The Ministry of Infrastructure plans to adopt a resolution on the establishment of a multiannual programme named ‘Construction of the breakwater in the Port of Gdansk’ in the second quarter of this year.
According to the published assumptions of the draft resolution, the programme’s implementation is envisaged for the years 2022-2027. The breakwater construction is to enable the creation of a facility in the form of a floating LNG regasification terminal (FSRU) – for the handling of LNG carriers. The value of the project is 856 million PLN.
The other most important construction projects in Pomerania are the S6 route, a new part of the container terminal in the port of Gdansk and the Vistula Spit, a waterway linking the Vistula Lagoon with the Gdansk Bay. In addition, the construction of a 1.3 km long and 5 m deep navigation channel will allow the port of Elbląg to receive vessels with a draught of up to 4.5 m, length of up to 100 m and width of up to 20 m. The investment is planned to be completed this year.
The construction of the 42-kilometre route between Gdynia and national road No. 6 has been underway since March 2019. The investment cost is PLN 2 billion (almost half of this amount is EU funding). Ultimately, the expressway is to connect the Tri-City with Słupsk. The project in Pomerania is scheduled for completion in 2025.
The new Baltic Hub3 terminal construction in the Port of Gdansk is scheduled to start in 2022.
– Once completed, DCT Gdansk will become one of the largest container terminals in Europe. In terms of handling capacity, it will invariably serve the Polish market and the markets of Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries. The investment is scheduled for completion in 2024 – Anna Drozd, the spokeswoman of the Port of Gdansk, informed.
Near the DCT terminal in Gdansk, an energy storage systems factory of the Swedish company Northvolt is under construction. Completing the first stage of the investment is scheduled for late 2022 or early 2023. The value of the investment is USD 200 million.