OrbisEnergy tenant, 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.
Lowestoft will be the home of SPR’s £2.5 billion offshore windfarm, and 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.”
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 windfarm.
“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.“
With the support of its customers, ABP’s Ports of East Anglia, King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Ipswich contribute £340 million to the UK economy every year and support 3,577 jobs in the region and 5,000 jobs nationally.
About East Anglia ONE:
East Anglia ONE will see 102 wind turbines installed in the southern North Sea, approximately 30 miles off the coast. The overall investment will be in the region of £2.5 billion, and the project is planned to meet the annual electricity demands of the equivalent of almost 600,000 homes.
With construction commencing in 2017, the first turbines installed by 2019, and hopes that the project will be fully operational during 2020.
East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm project is likely to include:
• Offshore wind turbines and foundations (102 wind turbines to provide an installed capacity of 714 megawatts).
• An offshore substation to collect the electricity from the turbines and transform it to a form suitable for transfer to shore.
• Two offshore export cables, each around 85 km in length, to transfer the electricity to shore.
• A landfall site with onshore transition pits to connect the offshore and onshore cables.
• Six onshore underground cables, each of around 37 km in length, to transfer the electricity from landfall to an onshore converter station.
• An onshore substation adjacent to the existing substation at Bramford, Suffolk, to connect the offshore windfarm to the National Grid.