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Świnoujście, LNG terminal. Ministry of the Interior and Administration: from April 13, a ban on staying around the terminal. What about access to the beach and lighthouse?

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From April 13, there will be a temporary ban on staying within 200 meters around the LNG terminal in Świnoujście. This was announced by the Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiński in a communiqué. The decision was made after the request of the Border Guard and the Internal Security Agency and the decision of the West Pomeranian Voivode. This means difficulties for residents and tourists regarding e.g. access to the beach and the lighthouse.

“Following the Russian aggression against Ukraine Polish services responsible for state security are on high alert. Based on the recommendations of the services, actions are being taken to strengthen the protection of critical infrastructure, in which the LNG terminal in Świnoujście occupies a strategic place.

What areas are excluded – check in the order of the voivode, which was published in the official journal.

The strategic importance of the facility

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The minister reminded that the gas terminal in Świnoujście receives natural gas in an amount corresponding to about 30 percent of domestic consumption, and the facility is of strategic importance for the functioning of the Polish economy and energy security of Poles.

“The experiences of recent months, including the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, as well as the disclosure by the Polish services of people suspected of collaborating with the Russian special services, who, among others, prepared acts of sabotage on behalf of Russian intelligence, force important decisions to be taken to ensure the security of the Polish state Bearing in mind the above, I instructed the West Pomeranian Voivode to take urgent action to minimize the resulting inconvenience,” Kamiński added.

Difficulties for residents and tourists

The West Pomeranian Voivode, Zbigniew Bogucki, announced during a Wednesday press conference in Szczecin that a 200-meter protection zone around the gas terminal in Świnoujście will be introduced from midnight. The official said that separating it will cause difficulties for residents and tourists, but it is necessary for the security of critical infrastructure.

Bogucki assured that after turning off the road leading to the LNG terminal and running through, among others, under the pipeline, access to the lighthouse and Fort Gerhard will be possible from the sea. Talks are underway with carriers to increase the number of such connections and both monuments will be operational.

The voivode also announced the construction of an alternative road – a communication route to the beach, because now also access to its part, when this basic communication route will be disabled, will be difficult.

The governor’s order on the introduction of the zone has already been published in the official journal – it was announced during the Wednesday press conference.

LNG terminal in Świnoujście PAP/Marcin Bielecki

Introduction of the zone until further notice

An alternative communication route would lead from Przytor to the beach to the east of the current access road. The route will also be agreed with the owner of the LNG terminal – GazSystem. This would be the ultimate solution avoiding the exclusion zones, regardless of how long it will be in force.

Bogucki said that he introduced the protection zone indefinitely – until further notice. As soon as there is information from the services – from the Internal Security Agency and the Border Guard that there is no longer such a need – the bans will be lifted. He noted, however, that there is no real basis for determining this time limit.

The voivode assured that the introduction of restrictions in the 200-meter belt is not a signal that something extraordinary is happening now and that something should be feared today. It is about ensuring greater safety of the facility, but also of the residents – the voivode noted, and these decisions should be understood in this way.

– The more services separating outsiders from the LNG terminal, the better its protection, but also greater protection and peace of mind for residents – explained Bogucki.

LNG terminals in Europe PAP

The ban was made possible by the amendment to the Act on the Protection of Shipping and Sea Ports. It enables the voivode, at the request or after consulting the locally competent commander of the Border Guard unit and the head of the territorially competent organizational unit of the Internal Security Agency, to introduce a temporary ban on staying in a specific area up to 200 m from the border of the property where the LNG terminal in Świnoujście is located. This may take place “in order to prevent, limit or remove a serious threat, including the occurrence of a terrorist event, referred to in Article 2(7) of the Act of June 10, 2016 on anti-terrorist activities, threatening the regasification terminal of liquefied natural gas in Świnoujście”.

Main photo source: TVN24



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