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The problem of transporting coal from ports. “I think we’ll remove the seats from the buses.”

The problem of transporting coal from ports.  "I think we'll remove the seats from the buses."

According to TVN24’s calculations, in Sosnovik alone, 16,000 people need fuel. families. On average, 3 tons are needed per farm for winter protection, giving a total of 48,000 t of coal. This is how much raw material can be transported in 870 wagons, the so-called coal wagons.

– There is a problem with the transportation of coal, the Polish government and companies are not able to transport coal from the ports to other parts of the country – Sosnowiec’s chairman, Arkadiusz Chęciński, noted. “Instead of transporting people, we will dismantle seats on buses and transport coal,” he added, half jokingly and half seriously.

Chęciński belongs to the Civic Platform, which is not without interest, since Stalowa Wola managed by Lucius Nadbereżny, associated with PiS, had no problems with coal delivery by PKP Cargo, and is also a member of the supervisory board of PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny sp. Zoo.

Nadbereżny himself recently confirmed that 40 wagons of PKP Cargo brought 2.2 thousand people to the city. t of coal. – I want to be able to do this, – he said, quoting former Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

PKP Cargo problems

TVN24 reminds that in the summer the prime minister Matthews Morawiecki PKP Cargo, a privatized shipping company, but under the control of the state treasury, was forced to transport coal. Raw materials are delivered to designated points by the end of the year. Their location is shrouded in mystery. The problem is that, according to information from editor Marta Gordziewicz, more coal is entering ports than leaving them.

The surplus of coal that comes in hinders the railway network throughout Poland. There are also no coal wagons, and there are not many wagons, – explained Rafa Zahorsky, an expert in maritime economics and inland navigation.

In total, 20,000 are available. coal, but, according to experts, this is not enough. Their number is decreasing, and some of them went to scrap.

However, Jacek Rutkowski, a board member of PKP Cargo for Commercial Affairs, disagrees. “We have enough rail cars to do this job,” he stressed.

Rutkowski added that part of the rolling stock was scrapped because it was not profitable to renew it. He dismissed suggestions that rolling stock might be “razor blades” to improve the company’s financial bottom line. And he’s been losing money lately.

The net result of PKP Cargo in 2020 was PLN 224.3 million, and in 2021 – PLN 225.3 million. The first half of 2022 ended with a loss of PLN 42.4 million.

billion zlotys in aid

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sassen wrote to Prime Minister Morawiecki that PKP Cargo needs 346.5 million PLN to transport coal. An additional PLN 350 million for the repair of wagons and locomotives, in order to carry out the tasks ever assigned to him by the Head of Government. In addition, it is estimated that lost revenue in the event of resignation from other activities will amount to PLN 376 million. To this must be added more than PLN 19 million for penalties and contractual damages.

Adrian Furgalski, TOR Consulting Team: – It’s not good if you have to spend such huge money – not on the development of the company, but on the transportation of coal.

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