PORT OF LOWESTOFT TO SUPPORT EAST ANGLIA ONE OFFSHORE WINDFARM
ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and Associated British Ports (ABP) have awarded contracts valued in the region of £10 million for development work at the Port of Lowestoft to support the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. In order to develop a new state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base the company is leasing land adjacent to Hamilton Dock from ABP. SPR has now 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 windfarm, as well as the 30-plus years operational lifespan of the project.
At the same time, ABP is constructing pontoons and some essential land-side utilities to enable crew transfer vessels to operate from Hamilton Dock. ABP have engaged McLaughlin & Harvey to design and construct the facilities.
Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables Project Director for East Anglia ONE, said: “Lowestoft is going to be the home of our windfarm 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 windfarm. 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.”
The East Anglia Zone is in the North Sea off the east coast of East Anglia. It is one of nine offshore zones belonging to the Crown Estate which formed part of the third licence round for UK offshore wind farms. The target capacity for the entire East Anglia Zone is 7200 MW which could require up to 1200 turbines. (Source: SPR – Image: Martin Petitt/Wikipedia)
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