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The Polish Geological Institute will assist in the implementation of the CPK

The Polish Geological Institute and the CPK signed a cooperation agreement in the planning, design and construction of the airport and related railway and road investments. It includes, among others, participation in site surveys and specialist consultancy in the subsoil investigation.

The substantive support of the Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PIG-PIB) will first and foremost concern the scope of engineering geology, hydrogeology and subsoil survey. The PIG–PIB performs the tasks of the state geological service and the state hydrogeological service in Poland.

The Agreement between CPK and PIG-PIB is an announcement of substantive cooperation which must translate into a quick progressof works at this important infrastructure project

MARCIN HORAŁA, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR THE CPK

The aim of the cooperation is to consult and select high-quality test methods, as well as to optimise the standard of site surveys to be performed by the contractors. CPK and PIG–PIB undertook to appoint a working team to implement the arrangements provided for in the agreement.

The PIG–PIB consultancy will be necessary already during the preparation stage of the assumptions for cooperation with the site survey advisor for the preparation of the CPK Airport Master Plan. The task of the site survey contractor will be to prepare, in cooperation with CPK, among others, the input to the geological and geophysical documentation, maps for design purposes, assessment of the technical condition of civil structures, archaeological surveys and unexploded ordnance survey.

The CPK is not only an airport, but an entire transport system that will revolutionise travelling in Poland. We are preparing an infrastructure project with a total value of capital expenditures exceeding PLN 100 billion. In order to ensure efficient implementation, extensive cooperation with experts in their fields is necessary, and such experts are provided by the PIG–PIB.

MIKOŁAJ WILD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE CPK COMPANY

We have over a century of experience, expertise and outstanding experts in engineering geology, hydrogeology and geohazards. We will effectively advise which geological factors should be taken into account in the process of planning, preparing and implementing the investment and will help to interpret the geological data obtained during the works.

DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE, MATEUSZ DAMRAT, PHD, ENG., WHO SIGNED THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH CPK ON BEHALF OF PIG–PIB

The Agreement shall be valid throughout the period of the CPK investment. According to the programmes presented by the CPK company in June this year, the launch of the first stage of the airport (two runways with the necessary infrastructure, which will enable to handle up to 45 million passengers per year) is expected asat the end of 2027. The CPK railway investments were planned for the years 2020-2034, with a part of the sections to be ready upon launching the airport operation.

It is yet another cooperation agreement signed by the CPK company with the state-owned entities. In March 2020, the CPK and the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) concluded an agreement concerning the coordination of the investment, including e.g. extension of the A2 motorway at the Warsaw-Łódź section and construction of the Warsaw Metropolitan Area Ring Road. CPK also cooperates, among others, with the Instituteof Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW), obtaining from it the data necessary for planning the airport.

The CPK company is currently conducting a competitive dialogue with the SeoulIncheon and TokyoNarita airports, which will result in the selection of a strategic adviser this year. In the airport part of the project, there is being conducted, among others, a procedure aimed at selecting a technical consultant for the Master Plan (a study specifying, among others, the detailed parameters of the airport, the investment area, dimensions and location of infrastructure elements, traffic forecasts, construction staging plan and the development concept of the land around the airport).

In the railway part of the project, the company, among others, completes the analysis of comments and opinions as part of the nationwide consultations on the railway and road Strategic Location Study (SLS). Preparations for nature inventories are in progress for the sections of railway lines which will be executed first and for which the first construction works are to start in 2023.

The consultation started this morning. The condition for participation is registration and signing a confidentiality agreement (NDA). Comments on the CPK Strategic Brief can be submitted by October 31. The invitation, terms of reference, the registration form and NDA form are all available at:

https://cpk.pl/en/about/airport-component/strategic-brief-consultation

Entities, that will undergo a positive verification, will be given access to the 350-page Strategic Brief of the new airport and the remarks submission form. Using the form, it will be possible to enter proposals for changes and additions in regard to the planned airport infrastructure.

We deliberately started consultations at the initial stage of preparation for the design and construction. It is impossible to plan a modern airport wisely without asking for the opinion of its users, i.e. air carriers,handling, maintenance and courier companies, cargo operators and suppliers of numerous media and services

emphasizes Mikołaj Wild, Government Plenipotentiary for CPK.

Our goal is to verify the CPK conceptual assumptions, reconcile them with the needs of future usersand make necessary adjustments. The aim is to ensure that the planned technical, operational and financial solutionsare optimal. In this way, we are also building a knowledge base that will be used for the Airport’s Master Plan

says Dariusz Sawicki, CPK Board Member and Managing Director Airport Development.

The April preliminary consultation meeting was attended by over 60 representatives of companies such as LOT Polish Airlines, LOT AMS, LS Airport Services, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Poczta Polska, Orlen, LOTOS, PERN, Polski Holding Hotelowy, FedEx, DHL, UPS and TNT Express. The investor acquainted partners with the stages of investment, presented a working block diagram of the project implementation and assumptions regarding the formula and scope of cooperation. Already then – by the end of May – CPK received over half a thousand comments and proposals regarding the infrastructure of the planned airport, including passenger, luggage, cargo infrastructure, technical facilities, etc.

Next, in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), CPK established the Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) for the new airport. The inaugural ACC meeting, which took place on July 18 in Warsaw, was attended by, among others representatives of LOT, El Al, Emirates, Enter Air, Qatar Airways, SAS and Wizz Air and the following airline groups: IAG (which includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Level and Vueling), Lufthansa Group (including Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings). Star Alliance also took part in it, i.e. in addition to LOT, Air China, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines and South African Airways.

Simultaneously with the airport part of the investment, preparations are underway for the design and construction of new railway lines leading to CPK and WarsawIn July, the first stage of the Regional Strategic Consultation for the Railways ended. So far, they have taken place in five voivodships: Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Greater Poland, Masovian, Łódź and Lower Silesian. Consultations in another seven regions are scheduled for September.

Local Community Consultancy Council for the Airport Investment has been operating B, representing the residents of Teresin, Wiskitki and Baranów communes, in which the investment will be located. The Council enables ongoing exchange of information between residents and the local governments with the Office of The Government Plenipotentiary for CPK and the CPK Company itself.

In July, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, has approved a 300 million, PLN cash injection for the CPK as a result of the acquisition of new shares by the State Treasury. The government recognized CPK not only as a strategic project for the development of Poland, but also as a profitable investment. According to the Pricewaterhouse Coopers report from April this year, the Polish aviation market has one of the largest growth potentials throughout Europe, and the construction of the hub near Warsaw is justified by both traffic forecasts and assumed rate of return. According to a study by Baker McKenzie from May this year, the creation of CPK could grow Poland’s GDP by 4 to 7 percent.

The number of partners participating in consultations will be expanded with additional groups such as distribution network administrators, providers of new technologies and smart infrastructural solutions. Negotiations will concern more detailed issues. We will move on from discussing the general demand for infrastructural components, to agreeing their specific parameters.

We attach great importance to consultations with industry partners. We want to make sure that the CPK meets the expectations of future users, suppliers and business partners. We believe that building an efficient airport is impossible without talking to other companies and listening to those who will be using the airport and providing it with products and services.

That is why consultations will continue in the future. Each entity participating in the Stakeholder Forum will be able to declare its expectations and needs regarding the infrastructure of the prospective airport. Thanks to additional stages of strategic consultations, we will obtain the knowledge required to commission a general plan for the CPK Airport, which we are planning to do this year.

We note that in mid-April, the CPK enterprise commenced the process of strategic arrangements with industry partners (carriers, infrastructure administrators, handling companies, cargo operators, freight forwarders, fuel suppliers etc.).

Participants in the CPK Stakeholder Forum include such entities as LOT Polish Airlines, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Polish Post, Orlen, LOTOS, PERN, the Border Guard, LOT AMS, LS Airport Services, LS Technics, Welcome Airport Services, National Tax Administration, Polish Hotel Holding, the General National Roads and Motorways Authority, FedEx, DHL, UPS and TNT Express.

At the inaugural meeting, which featured over 60 representatives of businesses and institutions interested in the project, the CPK project sponsor described the principles of the concept of the prospective airport (consistent with the attached diagram), discussed the scheduled stages of the project, showed a working block diagram of the implementation of the project and assumptions made by the CPK enterprise as to the formula and scope of collaboration. All businesses invited to the meeting were given time to submit their comments and expectations.

We have concluded gathering requests as part of the first stage of strategic consultations. We received over 400 comments and proposals concerning the infrastructure of the prospective airport relating to airplane, passenger, baggage and cargo services, technical facilities etc. Businesses are happy that the CPK project sponsor is already consulting the assumptions underlying the project at this early stage.  All comments will help us prepare the design assumptions of the airport.

We hope to select a strategic and technical consultant – an international entity with experience in implementing projects involving the design, construction and management of air transport hubs by the end of the current year. The consultant will be responsible for collaborating with the CPK enterprise and providing it with expert guidance on an ongoing basis.

By the end of this year, the CPK will also commission a general (master) plan – one of the most important documents in the process of airport planning and even more expansive and critical when planning greenfield projects. The plan describes the proposed development of the airport, usually over a period of more than 20 years. It contains a number of feasibility and strategy studies such as air traffic projections, dimensioning of the planned infrastructure and its initial location plan, staging of construction works, plan of airspace organisation, strategy of ensuring access to the airport, strategy of sustainable development and impact on local communities as well as a detailed business model of the prospective airport.

A so-called Private Investor Test (PIT) was carried out this year by one of the big four consulting companies which showed that the rate of return on the airport component of the project exceeds 10%. The PIT specifies such factors as the basic parameters of the project and verifies economic arguments in its favour. The results show that the construction of the CPK is economically viable from the point of view of a potential private investor.