Major milestone reached as first power is generated at Rampion
This week marks the first generation of power at Rampion as the first turbine was brought online.
Work began offshore in autumn 2015 to prepare the seabed for the turbine foundations, the first of which was installed in early 2016, with all 116 completed by November 2016. Turbine installation began in March 2017 and was completed ahead of schedule in just over six months in September.
Matthew Swanwick, Project Director for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm said: “We’re especially proud to have reached this milestone as the first power is generated at Rampion. Over the last two years the construction team has worked tirelessly in all weather conditions to complete this remarkable engineering feat.
“Over the coming weeks and months the turbines will one-by-one begin to be turned on and generate power as they are brought online. This process will take us into 2018 to complete.”
Earlier this month the project announced a £4 million package of benefits with the largest element, the £3.1 million Rampion Community Benefit Fund, earmarked for community projects. This fund is being managed by Sussex Community Foundation which is already experiencing a high level of local interest.
The 400MW project is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge. When complete it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex.
The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018.
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