Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed ByrneLooby as lead engineering consultant to provide the design phase of the Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF).
This project will provide significant re-engineering of the existing quayside in the outer harbor, creating a modern port that supports the renewable energy industry. The ByrneLooby marine team will deliver state-of-the-art infrastructure that accommodates the next generation of offshore support vessels and provides facilities supporting O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and construction support activities, vital to the growing North Sea energy sector. When complete, the project will offer 360m of berthing space for simultaneous use by three SOVs and deliver up to 8 acres of flexible storage and marshalling area. In addition, it will enable development of around 5,000 sq. ft. of new office space with direct quayside access.
Building on its long history of servicing offshore energy customers, the Port of Lowestoft is close to one of the most significant clusters of offshore wind farms in the UK. It provides a convenient marine hub for offshore wind customers to maintain operations, repower, and construct offshore wind sites. In 2019, Scottish Power Renewables opened an Operations and Maintenance building in Hamilton Dock to support the 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The port is also home to the O&M base for Scottish & Southern Energy’s (SSE) Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm, located 23km from the Suffolk coast.
Ian Dobson, Head of Marine UK at ByrneLooby, commented “We are delighted to be awarded the design of LEEF for Associated British Ports as part of the realisation of the port masterplan. Our focus is on delivering this strategic project with sustainable and innovative solution-driven design that will realise the highest possible value for ABP. It will play a vital role in supporting ABP’s five-year-masterplan, re-invigorating the port, the locality and the region and providing its customers with a transformed next-generation port.”
ABP is the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, owning and operating 21 ports, including Lowestoft, part of its Short Sea Port Business (SSP). The port plays a vital role in supporting the local economy producing £30m turnover annually and employing over 580 local staff. LEEF forms a central part of ABP’s port masterplan and its vision to collaborate with partners to ensure the investment reinforces the locality’s development as a prosperous place to live, work, visit, and invest. The master plan for the Port of Lowestoft will help create a competitive edge for companies across the Southern North Sea (SNS) energy sector and the wider East Anglia region.
About ByrneLooby Founded in 1998 in Ireland, ByrneLooby has expanded to become a widely respected engineering consultancy that employs approximately 260 engineering consultants and professionals located in 14 offices across Ireland, the UK, and the Middle East. Their team provide engineering and design consultancy services across ten key sectors, namely marine and coastal, geoscience, buildings, transportation, energy, environment, water, flooding, waste management and conservation. ByrneLooby sits on several national frameworks in Ireland, the UK, and the Middle East.
Their engineers plan, design and develop a wide range of marine facilities including significant ports in the Middle East, UK and Ireland, Ro-Ro terminals in the UK and fishing harbour remedial works in Ireland, including Dublin Port Masterplan, Greenore port, Dubai Port Masterplan, Baltimore Harbour Development, and many others. These complex civil engineering projects require expertise in regulation and permitting, master planning, quay wall design, harbour dredging, coastal modelling, marine ecology, and many other specialist areas.