Today, a press conference was held in the North Port Captaincy in Gdańsk regarding the cooperation between Gaz-System, the Maritime Office in Gdynia, and the Port of Gdańsk in the construction of the FSRU gas terminal.
Gaz-System has finalized key agreements for the project schedule of Poland's first floating LNG terminal. In the signed agreements, the parties committed to collaborating and supporting each other, coordinating processes crucial for the entire investment, and providing ongoing information regarding the preparation and execution of the project. The signing of these agreements followed the signing of an intent letter on September 21, 2020, by Gaz-System, the Maritime Office in Gdynia, and the Management of the Port of Gdańsk.
On Thursday, October 12, an agreement on cooperation in the construction of a floating LNG terminal in the Gdańsk Bay, known as FSRU (floating storage and regasification unit), was officially signed at the Port of Gdańsk. The meeting was opened by the government's plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska, who emphasized that the investment is a matter of security. She also mentioned that the regasification capacities of the first planned FSRU are already fully reserved by Orlen, and discussions are ongoing with potential customers from other countries interested in obtaining LNG through a second unit. She added that the investment is such a complex process that Gaz-System cannot accomplish it alone.
"Close cooperation and a shared understanding of the project's purpose are necessary," said Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska, highlighting the importance of the signed agreement.
Marcin Chludziński, the President of Gaz-System, stated that this investment is not only a matter of security but also a fundamental project that can be passed down to future generations. He emphasized the importance of effective communication and coordination among all involved organizations.
The President of the Management of the Port of Gdańsk, Łukasz Malinowski, added that the agreement signing represents a "milestone for Poland's energy security" and that the FSRU will become a symbol of the Polish economy for decades to come.
Finally, Captain Wiesław Piotrzkowski, the Director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia, stated that the signing of the agreement does not mark the start of the work because preparations have been underway for some time. He also discussed the Maritime Office's role in the investment, responsible for building a 900-meter breakwater, which will serve as the foundation for the terminal and gas receiving and transmission equipment.
"Four years from now, we will meet and be able to talk about the completed breakwater, and in 2028, the first shipments will arrive at the Port of Gdansk."
Currently, design work is underway, led by the Maritime Office in Gdynia, regarding the breakwater's construction and navigation system. Gaz-System is in the stage of designing the underwater gas pipeline, which will be connected to onshore pipelines. The onshore pipelines have all the necessary permits for construction, and preparations are ongoing for tender proceedings to select construction contractors.
The agreement between Gaz-System and the Port of Gdansk Management states that the Port will play a supportive role in the project's design, preparation, and execution. As the entity managing port infrastructure and its development, the Port will provide the necessary media for Gaz-System to carry out the investment, under separately agreed terms. The Port Management will also make real estate within the Port available upon the company's request, which is adjacent to the areas covered by the investment, based on separate agreements. The parties will also agree on detailed terms for using port quays and matters related to easements necessary for the project's implementation.
The European Commission, through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), has provided funding for the Gdańsk LNG project for the development of technical specifications and project work. The maximum amount of support allocated is approximately €19.6 million.