ABP secures final consent for £25 million Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility


Associated British Ports (ABP) revealed today that the Marine Management Organisation has given consent for ABP’s £25 million development of the Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF). Following East Suffolk Council’s approval for the land-side elements, ABP has the necessary permissions to progress the development.

The LEEF development will create more quay side space, and deeper water allowing for three O&M vessels to use the berth simultaneously, as well as new offices and additional facilities for Crew Transfer Vessels. This work will be done alongside the retention and improvement of fish landing sites, to continue support of the local fishing industry. Work is expected to kick-off next year.

Andrew Harston, Regional Director, ABP said: “At ABP, we are proud to be investing boldly in infrastructure to enable the UK’s strategy for decarbonisation and the use of renewable and clean energy. With over 30 years’ experience in providing O&M for the offshore wind industry, we are proud to play our part in supporting its rapid growth. Not only will our LEEF development support the increased production of more renewable, clean energy but it will also bring hundreds of new jobs, investment and interest in the region.”

ABP's Port of Lowestoft has been supporting offshore wind developments off the East coast of England for a number of year. 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. In 2019, Scottish Power Renewables opened an Operations and Maintenance building in Hamilton Dock, to support the 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.

ABP’s other faculties in the UK support offshore wind development. The Port of Grimsby is one the largest bases for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) activity in the world and ABP’s Port of Barrow in Furness also hosts the largest number of O&M facilities on the West Coast UK in a single port location. ABP also supported the development of a £310 million offshore wind manufacturing facility at Green Port Hull, in joint investment with Siemens Gamesa.

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