ScottishPower Renewables signs deal with Lowestoft Port

ScottishPower Renewables has agreed a 30-year deal with the Port of Lowestoft for it to act as a base for its East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.

Following discussions with Associated British Ports (ABP), ScottishPower Renewables will use the Port as its construction management base, and also the main operations and maintenance hub for the 30 year lifespan of the wind farm.  

The agreement will be worth approximately £25 million over the lifetime of the project and approximately 100 people will be employed full-time at the port whenEast Anglia ONE is completed.

This follows on from ScottishPower Renewables’ announcement that plans for the East Anglia THREE offshore windfarm had been officially submitted to the Planning Directorate.

The development will require up to 172 wind turbines and covers an area of 305km2 in the southern North Sea. 

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Today’s announcement will help to make the East Anglia region the leading destination for investment and job creation in the UK’s Offshore Wind Power industry.

“In Lowestoft, we will manage construction activities and operate and maintain our East Anglia ONE project for at least the next three decades. This will support highly skilled, long-term jobs, both directly and across our supply chain. Every year during the construction phase and operations phase of the project, millions of pounds will be injected in to the local economy.

ABP Director Andrew Harston said: “This significant investment by ScottishPower Renewables, with its potential to create long-term, skilled jobs and boost the economy, is another example of how the port can make a valuable contribution to the prosperity of the town and its hinterland.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues