History

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.

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.

April 2018

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.

September 2017

Installation of all 116 wind turbines was completed using two jack-up vessels - MPI Discovery and MPI Adventure.

July 2017

The turbine installation reaches the half way mark. With 58 turbines installed by early July.

June 2017

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.

April 2017

The offshore substation is installed on top of the waiting jacket foundation by Rambiz 3000.

March 2017

The first of the wind farm's 116 wind turbines is installed (3.45MW MHI Vestas)

November 2016

The installation of all 116 foundations is completed.

February 2016

Construction commences offshore. The first foundation is installed by MPI Discovery

September 2015

Construction commences onshore with work on the 27 kilometre cable route

July 2014

Development Consent is awarded and the following year the final investment decision is signed giving the final go ahead to the project.

March 2013

The Development Consent application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for the examination phase

2012

Consultation on draft proposals following two years of engagement, engineering and environmental surveys.

July 2010

Public votes for the name Rampion following a schools competition. “Rampion”, the county flower of Sussex, was submitted by the Davison High School.

January 2010

E.ON is awarded development rights to the zone off the off Sussex coast as part of The Crown Estate’s third licensing round.