McLaughlin & Harvey land Lowestoft harbour deal


McLaughlin & Harvey has landed the design and build contract for the new Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF). 

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by Rory ButlerNovember 22, 2022

Inside the deal: The firm secured the deal from Associated British Ports (ABP). LEEF is part of the Port Gateway project, one of five schemes benefiting from Lowestoft’s £24.9 million Town Deal from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in 2020. 

ABP hopes to turn Lowestoft into the East of England’s premier offshore energy hub, by delivering Operations & Maintenance (O&M), and construction support for the offshore energy industry. 

ABP will invest around £1 million in infrastructural upgrade designs for the site, including extra capacity for next-generation larger offshore support vessels. This will take around six months. 

Construction will follow over the next 12 months. Vessels could begin using the facility from 2024, ABP said. 

Who else benefits from the Port of Lowestoft? 

  • Scottish Power Renewables 
  • Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) 
  • Orbis Energy  
  • PowerPark 

“LEEF has the potential to attract many supply chain companies to Lowestoft, bringing new jobs and prosperity to the area,” said ABP Director for Wales and Short Sea Ports, Andrew Harston. 

“It is a vital project that will create a significant number of highly skilled jobs in the town for many years to come,” added Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council. 

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