The construction work on the LNG terminal in Świnoujście has been completed. The system’s critical installations are ready to take gas. The first ship with liquefied gas will arrive between 11 and 17 December 2015. Thanks to the investment project, it will be possible to receive liquefied natural gas by sea from virtually any direction in the world. Diversification of the sources of supply will contribute to better energy security of our country. The initial regasification capacity of the LNG terminal will amount to 5 billion cubic meters per year, and it will be equivalent to one third of the Polish demand for natural gas. No country in the Baltic Sea basin and Central and Eastern Europe has a terminal with such big regasification capacity.
Development of ferry transport sector
On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers adopted the ferry transport sector development concept. Its aim is to support a consistent and sustainable development of the ferry transport sector potential, with consideration given to development of the Polish sea ports and shipyard industry. The whole programme will be implemented until 2020. The programme provides, among other things, for establishment of Polska Grupa Promowa SA, which will consolidate assets of the Polish ferry operators: Polska Żegluga Bałtycka SA and state-owned company Polska Żegluga Morska. The consolidation of the ferry operators will strengthen economic significance of Świnoujście among the Baltic ports. What is an important part of the consolidation project is construction of modern and environment-friendly ferries. They are expected to be constructed at the Polish shipyards on the basis of the Polish technological and design thought, with the use of Szczecin and Gdańsk shipyard infrastructure.
Investment in roads
On 8 September 2015, the Council of Ministers adopted the National Road Construction Programme for 2014-2023 (with perspective until 2025), which covers all sections of expressways in Zachodniopomorskie Province, i.e. the S3, S6, S10, S11. The tenders for the whole course of the S6 in Zachodnopomorskie Province have already been announced. Advanced tenders for Wałcz (S10) and Szczecinek (S11) ring roads are underway. Plans still include construction of the 2nd carriageway of Kobylanka, Morzyczyno and Zieleniewo ring roads in the course of the S10 or the ring road of Przecław and Warzymice near Szczecin. On 12 October 2015, more tenders for construction of new roads were announced. The region will gain 44.4 kilometres of roads, including 5.3 kilometres of motorways, 32.6 kilometres of expressways and 6.5 kilometres of national roads. The plan includes, among other things, reconstruction of Kijewo junction on the A6 and construction of a new southbound exit from Szczecin to the A6 (national road 13, construction of Przecław and Warzymice ring road).
Nearly 700 new jobs in the region.
The expansion of the Command Support Brigade of the Multinational North-East Corps is underway. It means 680 new jobs in the units in Szczecin (100), Wałcz (100) and Stargard Szczeciński (480). The aim of the brigade is to support the system of command posts of the Multinational North-East Corps, to plan and organise the communications and IT system, as well as the combat support system.
Polish-German agreement on regulation of the border Odra river
The government has adopted an agreement between Poland and Germany on joint regulation of the border Odra river. It will allow create favourable conditions for conducting effective ice breaking actions, as well as restoration and maintenance of the 3rd class waterway on the whole length of the border section of the Odra river. The performance of the agreement will ensure flood protection and boosting economic development of the areas near the Odra river, comfortable conditions of work for ice breakers, as well as reopening for the Szczecin port and Polish inland sailing the transport route between the port in Szczecin with Lower and Upper Silesia. The costs of implementation of the solutions described in the agreement is approximately PLN 670 million in the years 2015-2028.
New flood protection investment projects
In September, the Flood Protection Project for the Odra and Vistula Catchment Area (POPDOW) was launched at the Ministry of Environment. The aim of POPDOW is to improve flood security of those who live in the catchment area of the Odra and upper Vistula rivers. It is going to be achieved thanks to a number of investment projects in the hydro-technical infrastructure which cover: extension and reconstruction of dykes, strengthening and stabilisation of river banks, construction of structures which improve the possibility of conducting the flood wave through urban areas, construction of reservoirs and other structures which improve retention capacity. The project will be implemented in the years 2016-2022. The cost of the investment project is approximately EUR 1.2 billion.
Eight “Senior Wigor” homes
“Senior-WIGOR” day care homes for senior citizens will be created in Szczecin, Koszalin, Darłowo, in the territory of Suchań, Darłowo, Gryfino, Szczecinek communes and Police poviat. The centres will have rooms for meetings, cooking, exercise and relaxation (with a library, TV and radio equipment and an Internet-connected computer). A warm meal will be offered as well. All of them should start their operation by the end of 2015.
Yacht port on Grodzka Island in Szczecin
The Marina opened in 2015 and 10 other investments as part of “Zachodniopomorski Sailing Route – network of tourist ports of Western
Pomerania” project have been created thanks to the PLN 30 million from Innovative Economy Programme. The existing sailing facilities have been modernised and they have been extended with new marinas, e.g. in Szczecin, Wolin, Kamień Pomorski, Dziwnowo and Darłowo. The ports create the most important yacht centres of Zachodniopomorskie Sailing Route.
New police headquarters
On 24 September 2015, a new seat of Poviat Police Headquarters in Myślibórz was opened. The value of the investment project amounts to over PLN 14 million. In October 2014, new headquarters were also opened in Choszczno, whereas in July 2014 in Stargard Szczeciński. That is not all. In May 2015, a cornerstone laying ceremony for the new headquarters in Gryfino took place. The investment projects are financed mainly from the Police Station and Headquarters Standardisation Programme.
Investment in health infrastructure
In April 2015, Diagnostic Imaging Centre was opened at the Independent Public Province General Hospital in Szczecin. The specialist diagnostic rooms are equipped with top-class devices: CAT scanner, X-ray machine (“telekomando” type) and three ultrasonography devices. The cost of the Centre’s construction and equipment is nearly PLN 12 million, out of which PLN 8 million was subsidised by the European Union.
Two philharmonic halls
In 2013, a new building of Koszalin Philharmonic Hall was opened. The concert hall may accommodate 520 spectators. The investment project’s cost was nearly PLN 29.3 million, out of which PLN 15.5 million was subsidised by the EU. In 2014, also Szczecin gained a new philharmonic hall. The value of the project amounted to PLN 113.3 million, whereas the subsidy of the Ministry of Culture and the European Union was PLN 31.7 million. The construction was subsidised by the EU as part of the Regional Operational Programme for Zachodniopomorskie Province with the amount of PLN 39.2 million.