The installation terminal in Świnoujście will build a new future for Western Pomerania
At the headquarters of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, a press conference was held with the participation of Minister Marek Gróbarczyk, devoted to the new installation terminal for servicing offshore wind farms, which will be built in the port of Świnoujście in the coming years.
In accordance with the adopted assumptions, the terminal will enter the operational phase at the beginning of 2025. It will be the first terminal of this type on the Polish coast. The contract for the lease of the port area was signed on October 13 this year. less than a year after the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority acquired the land in the Świnoujście port.
- It was an extremely intense race, where the first installation terminal will be built, hence the pace of work enabling the implementation of this investment in Świnoujście - emphasized Marek Gróbarczyk, secretary of state in the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The investment plans of the ORLEN Capital Group include the first location of an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, i.e. the Baltic Power project, implemented in partnership with Northland Power, with a maximum installed capacity of up to 1.2 GW.
The installation terminal is a key element of the infrastructure for the implementation of the first and second phase of development of Polish offshore wind energy with the potential to service at least 12 projects in this area with a planned total capacity of up to 11 GW by 2040.
Currently, there are 11 ports in the Baltic Sea region (Świnoujście, Gdynia, Gdańsk, Rostock, Sassnitz, Trelleborg, Ronne, Soderhamn, Widawa, Riga, Klaipeda), which theoretically can be taken into account when it comes to offshore wind energy. At the same time, the port of Ronne has its full potential in terms of servicing offshore wind energy until 2027. It is similar in the German port of Sassnitz. Therefore, naturally, Poland, in order to develop offshore wind energy, must have its own port with a dedicated terminal.
- Hence, when in December last year there was an opportunity to purchase new port areas in Świnoujście, we exercised our right of pre-emption. We knew that it would be an ideal place to locate an installation terminal there - says Krzysztof Urbaś, President of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Management Board. - Almost immediately, we started works aimed at conducting a tender procedure for the lease of these areas. As a result, we completed the entire procedure in just 9 months - adds President Urbaś.
The advantages of the location of the terminal in Świnoujście are supported by such arguments as its location next to the fairway, an investment plot of an industrial nature with a sufficiently large area to perform all the functions of an offshore wind farm installation terminal. Lower transport costs thanks to the proximity of Western European ports with access to inland transport from Poland and Germany, which is important for the transport of oversized items. It is worth adding that the navigation analysis commissioned by ZMPSiŚ confirmed the possibility of handling Jack-up ships used for transporting and assembling the largest wind turbines (14+ MW). The real possibility of completing the construction of the installation terminal by the end of 2024.
Due to its location, the installation terminal in the port of Świnoujście will support not only Polish offshore wind energy investments, but also projects in this area that will be developed in other countries in the Baltic Sea region.
The terminal itself will be built on 20 hectares. It will have an infrastructure capable of handling large vessels transporting key wind farm components, such as turbines, their towers and foundations. Specialist units dealing with the implementation of advanced construction works related to offshore wind farms will also leave the port.
As part of the investment, quays will be built with a length of about 485 m, technical depth of 12.5 m. They will be extended by 25 m into the water, with a load capacity of 50 kN / m2, with 10 stands for preliminary assembly of towers with a load capacity of 500 kN / m2. A new approach track, 12.5 m deep and 140 m wide, will lead to the quays. On land, storage yards will be built, which will allow the operation of up to 80 wind turbines annually with a capacity of 15MW each.
The scope of works carried out by Orlen Neptun II includes demolition works of cubature facilities in the area of future storage yards, access roads and parking lots, construction works on the leased property to the line of the existing quays, construction of storage and maneuvering yards as well as internal roads and parking lots, construction of cubature facilities (warehouses , workshops, social and office buildings, etc.) and the construction of technical infrastructure to the lines of the existing quays (division of works at junctions or wells located closest to the lines of the existing quays).
On the other hand, the scope of works carried out by the ZMPSiŚ in the first stage, planned in the years 2023-2025, includes the demolition of the existing pier and the dolphins remaining after the activities of the Gryfia Marine Repair Shipyard, colliding with the planned construction, extension of the quay No. 1 with a length of approx. 241.7 m and berths No. 2, approx. 243.1 m long, including the equipment by constructing a new quay structure with a total length of approx. 484.8 m, with a mooring line parallel to the edge of the existing quays, extended to the Świna basin (water plot no. 1/18) at a distance of approx. 25 m, dredging works of the basin at the quays, on the approach track and the port turntable up to the ordinate of -12.5 m, and in the place of strengthening the bottom for the Jack-up ships supports at the quay No. 2 to the ordinate of min. -14.5 m above sea level, relocation of the existing VTMS fiber optic cable laid at the bottom of the Świna Strait (laying a new cable along a new route), landing of the water body fenced between the new sheet piling and the existing quays No. 1 and 2, approx. 25 m wide and approx. 484 long , 8 m with dredged debris, strengthening of the bottom part of the basin in front of wharf No. 2 for jack-up supports, construction of a sheet piling on the extension of wharf No. 2 to the south-east with its anchoring as the first stage of construction of the future wharf No. 3 with a length of approx. 296.1 m and the construction of a sheet piling closing towards the eastern end of the existing quay No. 3, landing the reservoir fenced between the new sheet piling and the existing quay No. 3 with soil obtained from dredging works, construction of electrical installations, water and sewage systems, fire protection etc. in quay lane 1 and 2 and the modernization of navigation markings.
In turn, the second stage of the investment (prospective extension of the quay No. 3) will be implemented at a later date. As part of this stage, it is planned to carry out the following construction works, such as the construction of the structure of the wharf no.3 with equipment approx. 296.1 m long with pavements and full technical infrastructure - target stage, dredging works of the basin at wharf no.3 up to the ordinate -12.5 m and at the bottom strengthening site for Jack-up ship supports to the ordinate of min. -14.5 m above sea level, strengthening the bottom of the basin in front of the wharf no.3, extension of electrical, water and sewage systems, fire protection etc. and the modernization of navigational markings.
- All these activities are part of the country's energy security related to the adaptation of energy carriers to climate change. They are also reflected in relevant governmental and European Union documents in the field of obtaining energy from marine renewable sources for a climate-neutral future - emphasized President Krzysztof Urbaś in his speech. (MWL)