On Sunday, February 12, the Grietje ship from China arrived at the Port of Gdańsk, transporting from Shanghai elements for the construction of the modern Olefins III Complex at Orlen's petrochemical plant in Płock.
Registered in Antigua and Barbuda, the 152-meter long Grietje transported another part of the elements for the construction of the Olefin Complex III to Gdańsk. The ship came from the Shanghai area. The elements unloaded at the Port of Gdańsk were then loaded onto barges and traveled 400 kilometers up the Vistula River on their way to Płock. There, the barges were unloaded on the so-called petrochemical wharf, and on the weekend of February 24-25, late at night, due to lower traffic, the cargo was transported from the wharf to the PKN Orlen Production Plant in Płock.
This is not the first operation of this type for the Olefin III Complex in Płock, nor will it be the last. Already in January, the first oversized elements arrived in Gdańsk from the factory near Shanghai, which were floated further along the Vistula River. In turn, in April, the transport of the largest elements is expected: they will be longer than a football field, because they will measure about 120 meters long and 9 meters wide, weighing up to 850 tons.
The elements transported by sea from Asia are necessary for the expansion of the Olefin Complex at the Production Plant in Płock. PKN Orlen is implementing this project as part of the strategic Petrochemical Development Program. It is the largest petrochemical investment in Europe in the last 20 years. The Olefin III complex will occupy approximately 100 hectares, i.e. 140 full-size football fields. After launching, it will produce petrochemical products that are the basis for the production of everyday items, including cleaning agents and hygienic and medical articles, synthetic fibers for the production of clothing or protective masks. They will also include car parts, elements of household appliances and electronic devices.