Lowestoft confirmed as home for £2.5bn East Anglia One offshore wind farm as £10m contracts awarded
PUBLISHED: 16:59 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 28 February 2018
Lowestoft will become the home of a £2.5bn East Anglian offshore wind farm, developers today confirmed.
Contracts worth £10m have been awarded for development work at the Port of Lowestoft by ScottishPower Renewables, which is building the East Anglia One project, and Associated British Ports.
To develop a new operations and maintenance base, the company will lease land adjacent to Hamilton Dock from ABP.
SPR has appointed NRS Group to design and construct the operations and maintenance building at the site, which will include specialist offices and warehousing. The new building will help to support the offshore phase of construction work on the wind farm, as well as the operational lifespan of the project, expected to be more than 30 years.
ABP is also constructing pontoons and essential land-side utilities to enable crew transfer vessels to operate from Hamilton Dock, which will be designed and constructed by McLaughlin & Harvey.
The news was announced on what was due to be the first day of the SNS2018 energy conference in Norwich, which was cancelled because of heavy snow.
Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables project director for East Anglia One, said: “Lowestoft is going to be the home of our wind farm for the next three decades, so it is pleasing to see construction work underway at the port. The new facility will be a hive of activity for engineers and technicians, and the base for our marine operations to support the day-to-day operations of the wind farm.
“In total around 100 people will be employed full-time at the port when East Anglia One is completed, and the thousands of contractors and supply chain operators using the site every year will contribute substantially to the local economy.”
Paul Brooks, ABP port manager, said: “The Port of Lowestoft has a proud history of serving the offshore renewables sector and we are delighted that our port has been selected to become home ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia One wind farm.
“This project will allow us to continue to support the prosperity of the local community, affirming the Port of Lowestoft’s place as East of England’s innovative energy hub.”
Andrew Harston, ABP Director Short Sea Ports, said: ”SPR have made a clear commitment to both Lowestoft and Suffolk with the East Anglia One development and have provided a clear pipeline of future projects that will secure the future of Lowestoft and the renewable energy sector for many decades ahead.
“I would like to thank Charlie Jordan and the SPR team for selecting ABP as their port partner and for the hard work that has taken place on both sides to make this project happen in Lowestoft.”
ABP’s ports in East Anglia – King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Ipswich – contribute £340m to the UK economy every year and support 3,577 jobs in the region and 5,000 jobs nationally.