30.11.2022 | Ports

ABP awards design and build contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility

The future looks bright for East Anglia’s renewable sector.

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, 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, helping to transform the town of Lowestoft into East of England’s premier offshore energy hub.

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

The design phase is anticipated to last around 6 months, with the construction following over the next 12 months and the 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.

Image: Plan for ABP’s Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF).