13 June 2017

Rampion Operations and Maintenance base under construction at Newhaven

Construction of the Rampion Operations and Maintenance base at Newhaven Port is now underway, investment which will help shape the regeneration of the East Quay.

The facility will be the base for a team of 60 full time employees who will operate the wind farm when complete. It is located within the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, which aims to improve the economic regeneration of Newhaven over the next 25 years.

The building designed by architects Corstorphine + Wright together with the Hove based engineering firm Helmsley Orrell Partnership (HOP), will incorporate a marine and wind farm control room, offices and warehousing and is sited near the quayside for easy access to crew transfer vessels which will be operated daily to maintain the wind farm.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We’re delighted that Rampion’s investment in the facility is acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Newhaven Port, helping to trigger associated economic benefits to the town while supporting the development of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone.”

Preliminary work to drive concrete piles into the ground in preparation for laying the foundations, took place in spring and is now complete.  The majority of the

construction work will now take place during the summer, along with the installation of refuelling facilities and davit cranes which will be used by the wind farm maintenance vessels.

The operations and maintenance building is due to be finished by the end of the year with work likely to continue on the pontoons during 2018. In the meantime, a workforce of up to 650 people are engaged in the offshore construction work, which is being project managed from a temporary base in Newhaven Port.

The 400MW Rampion project is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge. Turbine installation began in March 2017 and 33 of the 116 turbines are installed to date. When complete it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes (1) a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex.

Notes to editors

1= Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,938 kWh (BEIS).

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