England’s leading offshore energy ports Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft sit just a few miles apart on the East of England coast.
Both ports have been the UK’s the leading centres for offshore gas exploration and extraction in the Southern North Sea (SNS) for over 50 years and will be central to the expected further 30 years of gas operations and decommissioning activity as well as offshore wind farm developments and operations & maintenance (O&M).
The importance of the ports to the UK energy sector has been recognised with Enterprise Zone status for prime land in the area.
Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, along with nearby Wells, have emerged as strategic centres for the rapidly increasing offshore wind sector – ideally located to support all aspects of East of England Energy Zone offshore wind development including construction, manufacturing, pre-assembly and O&M with some of the world’s largest wind farm developments close to the East of England coast.
Significant investment in port infrastructure has supported offshore wind farm development through pre-assembly, construction, installation, O&M and, as wind farms reach maturity, will support asset management and decommissioning.
Peel Ports Great Yarmouth is planning expansion that could top £30m. Confidence in the sector is behind its plan to provide 350m of extra berthing space and about 100,000sqm of additional land. Facilities would include office and warehouse space and a new training centre, as well as an O&M base.
The Port of Lowestoft has agreed a 30-year deal with ScottishPower Renewables to be a construction support and O&M hub for its East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
ScottishPower Renewables, with four offshore wind farms off the East of England in construction or development is building a new O&M base on land adjacent to Hamilton Dock, leased from ABP to support its three-decade operational lifespan as well as its construction. ABP is developing pontoons and essential land-side utilities for crew transfer vessels to operate from the dock.
The multi-billion pound decommissioning industry also offers huge opportunities for East of England ports and harbours as pioneers of a new industry.
Both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft ports offer 24/7 operations, easy access at all states of tide, Enterprise Zone status and land for investment and development.