The construction of E.On‘s Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is now entering into its final phase. At the weekend the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.
For the installation each tower with a length of 262 feet, weighing about 220 tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, are hoisted and connected one at a time.
During spring, offshore cabling work will continue. Onshore construction of the operations and maintenance (O&M) base at Newhaven Port will commence in March. The O&M base will include offices and warehousing and will employ up to 60 full time, permanent staff and store spare parts and tools to support the maintenance of the wind turbines.
The 400 MW project being built by E.On, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge, will, when complete 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.