Gdańsk port crude terminal operational by 2016?
PR dla Zagranicy
A new crude oil terminal constructed by PERN “Przyjaźn” in the Baltic port of Gdańsk should come online at the beginning of 2016, PERN’s chairman Marcin Moskalewicz has said.
The crude terminal in Gdańsk. Photo courtesy: PERN
According to the executive, 49 percent of the works have been completed.
“Even though it is a large investment and the first one of its kind in the country, […] we are one month ahead of schedule,” Moskalewicz told the Rzeczpospolita daily.
“We haven’t had any technical delays, so we are expecting delivery at the end of 2015,” he added.
Construction got underway at the beginning of 2014, with the terminal in Gdańsk terminal being able to store 375,000 cubic metres of crude oil and another 325,000 cubic metres of other chemical products once completed.
“First revenues should start flowing at the beginning of 2016,” Moskalewicz said, adding that “initially we are counting on around a dozen percent, although it won’t be until 2017 that the terminal will be able to operate at full capacity.”
According to IDS-BUD SA, the leader of a Polish-Slovak-Ukrainian consortium which won the PERN tender, the installation “is the first crude terminal of this kind in [Poland’s] history and one of 16 terminals of this kind in the world”.
PERN “Przyjaźn” SA operates a network of crude oil and product pipelines which transports Russian oil to fuel producers in Poland and Germany. The “Przyjaźn” [‘Friendship’] crude pipeline crosses Poland from Adamowo, near the Polish-Belarus border, through Płock – the site of the state-owned Orlen refinery – onto Schwedt in northeast Germany. (jb)