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Lowestoft-based renewable energy vessel specialist Turner Iceni has won a contract worth more than £4m to provide support for the construction of the East Anglia One offshore windfarm (April 2018)

Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) and Associated British Ports (ABP) have awarded contracts valued in the region of £10 million for the development work at the Port of Lowestoft to support the East of England Anglia One offshore windfarm. Lowestoft will be the home of SPR’s £2.5 billion offshore windfarm, and in order to develop a new state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base, the company is leasing land adjacent to Hamilton Dock from ABP. SPR has now appointed NRS Group to design and construct the operations and maintenance building at the site, which will include specialist offices and warehousing (April 2018)

Over 100 delegates from fishing, processing, education and politics attended the Renaissance of East Anglian Fishing (REAF) conference that was held in Lowestoft on 15 March. The conference was organised by Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, Waveney District Council’s Economic Development Team and other partnership organisations. The aim of the event was to discuss how the local fishing industry will maximise the opportunities that are created by Brexit (April 2018)

OrbisEnergy hosted the Offshore Wind Week 2017 to celebrate its 9th birthday. Previous tenants in attendance included 3Sun Group, Seajacks and James Fisher Marine Services, who have now grown into international businesses which have spent billions of pounds in the local supply chain. OrbisEnergy has had an immense impact on the local economy, the UK energy supply, people’s lives and future employment opportunities in and around Suffolk. (November 2017)

Lowestoft fishing industry will be supported through an independent report examining future spatial requirements and how these can be accommodated in Lowestoft (2017)

Development appraisals for redevelopment sites in the PowerPark have been completed, this included looking at options for relocation and car parking (2017)

The British Government launched an enquiry on 15 November 2017 to consider the challenges faced by the UK Fishing Industry following Brexit. This follows on from a meeting which the newly-formed Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance (LFMA) had at Westminster with George Eustice, the government’s Minister for Fishing, to look at bringing Lowestoft Port to the forefront of the fishing industry. (November 2017)

Waveney District Council in Partnership with 4C Offshore, based at OrbisEnergy, created a pilot portal to promote the port of Lowestoft to a worldwide audience. The new website, Invest in Lowestoft, contains details and news on the port and the wider energy sector. Additional features include information suppliers in the region as well as available commercial property in and around the port area. (November 2017).

The Offshore Construction Co-ordination Base for the Galloper Wind Farm was officially opened in June 2016 at the OGN facility in the Port of Lowestoft. (June 2017)

Lowestoft has been confirmed as the location for the operations and maintenance base for the for the £2.5billion East Anglia ONE windfarm. This will be for the 30 year lifespan of the project. The agreement, worth an estimated £25million, has been agreed between Scottish Power Renewables and Associated British Ports and the initial investment in the port will be used to establish a new operations facility and to carry out upgrades to the port and surrounding area (November 2015)