This page looks back at the history of Rampion. Scroll through from the time the development rights to the site were awarded, through key planning and construction milestones, and to today.
30 November 2018
The formal Grand Opening of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm took place on Friday 30th November at the i360 in Brighton
29 May 2018
The Operations & Maintenance Base was officially opened by Maria Caulfield MP. Pictured here with Plant Manager Richard Crowhurst (left) and Project Director Matthew Swanwick.
25 April 2018
The first Community Benefit Fund grants are awarded to 46 groups from across East Sussex, West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove.
All 116 of turbines are able to generate electricity, and are delivering power to the grid.
26 November 2017
First power is generated at Rampion and delivered to the national grid.
7 November 2017
At an event held at Worthing Pier, more than 120 people heard about the launch of the £3.1 million Rampion Community Benefit Fund that is being managed by the Sussex Community Foundation.
Installation of all 116 wind turbines was completed using two jack-up vessels - MPI Discovery and MPI Adventure.
The turbine installation reaches the half way mark. With 58 turbines installed by early July.
The elevated excavator that became stuck off Worthing Beach while working to fill in the trenches dug for the export cable installation is removed. A community poll by local newspaper, The Worthing Herald, named the excavator Moby Dig and it became a minor local celebrity during its time at Worthing.
The offshore substation is installed on top of the waiting jacket foundation by Rambiz 3000.
The first of the wind farm's 116 wind turbines is installed (3.45MW MHI Vestas)
The installation of all 116 foundations is completed.
Construction commences offshore. The first foundation is installed by MPI Discovery
Construction commences onshore with work on the 27 kilometre cable route
Development Consent is awarded and the following year the final investment decision is signed giving the final go ahead to the project.
The Development Consent application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for the examination phase
Consultation on draft proposals following two years of engagement, engineering and environmental surveys.
Public votes for the name Rampion following a schools competition. “Rampion”, the county flower of Sussex, was submitted by the Davison High School.
E.ON is awarded development rights to the zone off the off Sussex coast as part of The Crown Estate’s third licensing round.