Poland to build new dam, power plant on Vistula river
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s government will splash out to build a new dam combined with a power plant on the Vistula, the country’s largest river, officials said on Friday.
Environment Minister Jan Szyszko (centre); Jerzy Materna (right), secretary of state at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation; and Deputy Energy Minister Andrzej Piotrowski (left) agree to go ahead with the project. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell
The project will cost more than PLN 2 billion (some EUR 470 million, USD 560 million), according to the country’s environment ministry.
Officials from the environment, energy and inland navigation ministries on Friday signed an agreement to go ahead with the project.
The dam, combined with a 80 MW hydroelectric power plant, will be built in the village of Siarzewo, not far from an existing dam in the north-central city of Włocławek which has been in operation for over 40 years.
Construction work will begin in 2020 with completion scheduled for 2025, the environment ministry said, cited by the PAP news agency.
The ministry said that the new dam would improve flood safety and help restore the navigability of the Vistula, which is over 1,000 km in length and runs across the middle of the country, emptying into the Baltic Sea.