ABP issues design and build contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility


Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded the design and build contract for its ambitious Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF) to McLaughlin & Harvey.

ABP’s vision for LEEF is to provide a facility that is suitable for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activities and construction support for the offshore energy industry.

As part of the next phase of the project, ABP will invest around £1m in the detailed design of infrastructural upgrades of the site, including the addition of extra capacity to accommodate the next generation of larger offshore support vessels.

The design phase is anticipated to last around six months with the construction following over the next 12 months and potential for vessels to begin using the facility from 2024.

Andrew Harston, ABP Director for Wales and Short Sea Ports, said: “The winning design for LEEF will enable us to deliver this hugely exciting project and create a competitive edge for companies across the Southern North Sea (SNS) energy sector.

“Having recently won ‘Best Project’ in the regional Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2022, LEEF has the potential to attract many supply chain companies to Lowestoft, bringing new jobs and prosperity to the area.”

Seamus Devlin, McLaughlin & Harvey Civil Engineering Director, said, “McLaughlin & Harvey is delighted to have been awarded the design contract for ABP’s Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility. We bring experience from our ever-expanding expertise in civils and marine works, and look forward to commencing the design of this exciting project in the near future.”

ABP's Port of Lowestoft has been supporting offshore wind developments off the East coast of England for a number of years. The port is home to the O&M base for Scottish & Southern Energy’s (SSE)
Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm, which is located 23km off the coast of Suffolk, England. Furthermore, Scottish Power Renewables is operating a base in Lowestoft which supports its 714 MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The company has other projects in the pipeline having kicked off construction of its East Anglia THREE project earlier this year.

ABP's LEEF project also benefits from its strategic location and close proximity to OrbisEnergy and PowerPark, where offshore energy developers, operators and service providers are located.

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