Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority S.A. received 85 percent of the total cost of the project entitled “Building the reloading capacity of the sea port in Świnoujście to handle the needs of offshore wind energy” from the “Connecting Europe Facility” for 2021-2027 (CEF 2). The total cost of the project is EUR 77.5 million, the co-financing amount is EUR 65.9 million.
ZMPSiŚ received funding under the CEF competition: CEF 2 Transport – Projects within the core network – Envelope of Cohesion CEF-T-2022-CORECOEN-MARP-WORKS: Seaports – studies, construction or mixed works, with priority regarding the development of capacities and facilities in connection with offshore wind farms.
The decision on co-financing was made by the EUROPEAN CLIMATE, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT EXECUTIVE AGENCY (CINEA) on June 20, 2023. The following elements of port access infrastructure will be implemented as part of the project:
• deepening of the entrance channel and the port basin, together with the turntable, leading to the quays at a technical depth of 12.5 m,
• construction of two berths in one mooring line with a total length of approximately 500 m, enabling safe mooring of jack-up (WTIV) and other (WTTV) vessels,
• forming a new port area together with the construction of the future quay at a length of approximately 290 m enabling further development of the installation terminal by another berth for installation units (WTIV)
The project co-financed under CEF II will enable the construction of the first Baltic Power offshore wind farm with an installed capacity of 1,140 MW located in the waters of the Polish exclusive economic zone. It is part of a global project aimed at creating means for the production of “green energy” and connecting them to the Polish power grid. The elements of the global project are:
1. “Building the potential of the sea port in Świnoujście to secure the needs of offshore wind energy”, which includes the construction and modernization of the basic port infrastructure in the form of a port canal, basin and berths for vessels with priority for the construction and installation of offshore wind farms (OWF). The entity responsible for the implementation of the investment is the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority S.A.
2. Project entitled “Construction and equipment of the installation terminal in Świnoujście”, consisting in the construction of the terminal’s quay infrastructure for assembly, storage and handling of components for the construction and installation of offshore wind farms (OWF). The entity responsible for the implementation of the investment is the operator of the offshore wind farm terminal – Orlen Neptun II S.A.
3. Project entitled “Construction of the Baltic Power wind farm”, which includes the construction of offshore wind farms (OWF) in the area of the Baltic Power project with a planned capacity of 1,140 MW. The entity responsible for the implementation of the investment is the developer Baltic Power sp. z o.o. responsible for the construction and operation of the Baltic Power wind farm .
The project fits into the transport context, implementing the objectives of the TEN-T network, which are aimed at increasing the capacity, quality, efficiency and environmental performance of the transport network, taking into account transport links between maritime transport and transport networks of Poland, Central, Southern and South-Eastern Europe . The project is of common interest to the European Commission.
The co-financed project will also contribute to the implementation of the goals set within the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic and North Sea-Baltic corridors and the plans of the TEN-E corridors, aimed at synchronizing the electricity grid in the Baltic Sea region of the Baltic States with European grids and developing energy production in the Baltic Sea region. It will also constitute the implementation of the objectives of the European Green Deal in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
It is worth noting that as part of the last distribution of EU funds from the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027 (CEF 2), in addition to the ZMPSiŚ SA, the Gdansk City Council also received funding for the project entitled “Improvement of the infrastructure of the Port of Gdansk along with an analysis of the implementation of the OPS low-emission system for the sustainable development of the TEN-T network.” Here, the subsidy amounts to nearly EUR 100 million. (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska, June 23, 2023)