Once the decisions on the environmental requirements for project implementation is obtained (hereinafter referred to in the abbreviated form: environmental decision), it means that the venture can be fulfilled in the natural environment within the area of the future project, with consideration of the specific conditions and requirements concerning the protection of the natural environment.
The procedure regarding obtaining the environmental decision for ventures classified as “Group 1” projects for which the Report on environmental impact of the venture is compulsory, differs from the procedure required for projects for which the Report is optional (Group 2 projects). In the case of Group 1 projects, the Report is submitted straight away. The environmental decision is issued on the grounds of this Report. In the case of Group 2 projects a description of the venture is required first. Only later do the respective offices decide whether preparation of the Report is necessary. Once the Report has been studied, the environmental decision is issued. In both cases, the decision is issued within 60 days from the date of submitting the Report on the environmental impact of the venture.
On 17 December 2008, Polskie LNG sp. z o.o. submitted the complete Report on the environmental impact of the venture to the Regional Management of Environmental Protection in Szczecin and to the Mayor of the City of Świnoujście.
A description of the venture is attached to the application for the decisions on the environmental requirements for project implementation.
What is the significance of the environmental decision for the investor?
The decisions on the environmental requirements for project implementation is necessary for the investor to obtain building permit. It stipulates the requirements concerning environmental protection that are necessary to take into consideration in the construction design. The environmental decision also confirms the feasibility of the venture in the selected location.
On 12 February 2009 Polskie LNG Co. received a Decision on the Environmental Requirements for Project Implementation for the marine part of the LNG Terminal, issued by the Regional Director for the Environmental Protection in Szczecin.
On 4 March 2009 Polskie LNG Co. received a Decision on the Environmental Requirements for Project Implementation for the onshore part of the LNG Terminal issued by the Świnoujście City Mayor.
Detailed analyses contained in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report demonstrate no transborder impact of the Świnoujście LNG Terminal, as well as no significant environmental impact, including the impact on humans.