Deepwater container terminal with the guarantees of the Prime Minister
Building a deepwater container port is a great opportunity for Szczecin and Świnoujście - said Mateusz Morawiecki, the head of the Polish government in the Szczecin port. The Prime Minister also stressed the need to deepen to 17 m and widen to 500 m of the fairway leading to the port in Świnoujście. The guarantee of the implementation of these strategic investments is their inclusion in the Polish Lada, the government's program of economic and social development of the country.
It is no coincidence that in the port of Szczecin the Prime Minister of the Polish government spoke about the importance of Western Pomerania in the country's development strategy. This region is to play the role of a technology and energy hub. Investments implemented for 5 years already indicate such functions. They will be complemented by further strategic projects with government guarantees in the area of maritime economy and port services.
The Prime Minister emphasized logical and coherent actions in Western Pomerania. He emphasized the importance of the largest chemical investment in Poland and this part of Europe - Polimerach Police. Above all, however, he focused on infrastructure investments in the area of maritime economy. He spoke about the expansion of the LNG gas terminal, which is becoming one of the main places for gas supplies to Poland. He drew attention to the upcoming modernization of the fairway between Szczecin and Świnoujście. He focused in particular on the project to build a deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście and the sea access to the port. He emphasized what a huge development opportunity for the port complex this investment was.
- The new port in Świnoujście also requires the deepening of the fairway from the sea to a depth of 17 m and widening to 500 m so that ships and container ships can pass each other - said the Prime Minister. - The analytical work has been done, we are ready for these huge investments. The terminal allows for unloading 1.5 million TEU in Świnoujście, and thus additional budget revenues, taking over part of international trade, etc.
The prime minister recalled that maritime trade now accounts for 90 percent. all global commodity exchange.
- Large industrial investments need a very efficient infrastructure, which is associated with a good road and rail system - emphasized the Prime Minister of the Polish government, pointing to another strategic communication project, the over 50-kilometer western bypass of Szczecin and Police with an over 5-kilometer tunnel under the Oder, the longest in Poland. The cost of the investment is estimated at PLN 5.5 billion.
- It will be a ring around Szczecin, a communication ring that will increase the chances of new economic ventures in Szczecin and the region - said the head of the government. - In the next few weeks, we will announce a tender and in the next twenty-several months construction works will start.
Mateusz Morawiecki also replaced the S10 - another very important communication investment connecting Western Pomerania with central Poland and Warsaw through Stargard, Wałcz, Piła, Bydgoszcz and Toruń.
- This artery will also create new economic perspectives for the inhabitants and entrepreneurs of Western Pomerania - he added.
Time for investors
The infrastructural whole is complemented by huge railway investments carried out in the port complex. At the conference with the Prime Minister, Minister Marek Gróbarczyk recalled the modernization of the railway network in the port complex, worth PLN 1.5 billion, implemented by PKP PLK, as well as the infrastructure investments of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, which will cost a similar amount. The minister also mentioned the reconstruction of the bridge in Podjuchy, which is to be completed in 2023. As a result, the Odra Waterway will meet the requirements of international class. This artery is also of great importance for the planned deepwater container terminal in Świnoujście, as it will connect the port with all hinterland along the Odra River and Central Europe.
The recognition of port investments in Polish Lada and government financial guarantees for these projects are of fundamental importance for investors, as they reduce the risks associated with investing capital in planned investments. (pj)