Polish gas transmission operator GAZ-SYSTEM announced on Thursday (12 October) that it has signed an agreement with the Maritime Office in Gdynia and the Port of Gdańsk Authority on cooperation in the implementation of an LNG FSRU terminal in the Gdańsk area.
All sides have agreed to support and coordinate key processes for the entire investment, finalising the project’s schedule of the first floating LNG terminal in Poland. The agreement was preceded by the signing of a letter of intent in September 2020 by all three sides.
“The structure constructed as part of this project will support the further development of the port in Gdańsk. The entire program is innovative, i.e. it adapts the existing port complex to new needs related to the location of the FSRU terminal in this area. It fits perfectly into the activities of the Maritime Office in Gdynia, which is currently carrying out the largest maritime hydro-technical investments in decades. We are very pleased with the opportunity to cooperate with GAZ-SYSTEM and the Port of Gdansk Authority on such an important project for Poland,” said Wiesław Piotrzkowski, Director of the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
The agreement between GAZ-SYSTEM and the Maritime Office in Gdynia involves collaborating on the investment work division during design and construction, including setting project milestones. Each party will self-fund and oversee infrastructure construction.
GAZ-SYSTEM will construct the necessary FSRU terminal infrastructure, including hydro-technical facilities, a three-kilometre subsea gas pipeline connecting to the national system, and about 250 km of onshore gas pipelines.
The Maritime Office in Gdynia will build a breakwater, an approach waterway, a turning basin, and navigational markings.
Design work is ongoing for the breakwater and navigation system, while GAZ-SYSTEM is designing the subsea pipeline, connected to onshore pipelines with all required permits in place. Tender preparations for construction contractors are in progress.
Under the agreement with the Management Board of the Gdansk Seaport S.A. (ZMPG), ZMPG will support GAZ-SYSTEM in the design, preparation, and implementation of investments. ZMPG will provide utilities and real estate within the Port area as per separate agreements. Detailed rules for using the port quays and necessary passage will be agreed upon by all sides.
The construction of the FSRU terminal in Gdansk is GAZ-SYSTEM’s most important ongoing project, the company said in a press release.