VIDEO: Foundations laid for English Channel offshore wind farm

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The Rampion offshore wind farm in the English Channel has successfully completed an important stage of construction: All 116 foundations are now anchored in the sea bed.

In addition, all connective fittings have also been installed, which will be used later to mount the tower with its turbine nacelle and rotor blades. The foundations rise to a height of 20 meters above sea-level.

Work began in early February and was suspended as scheduled for the bream spawning season. Installation of the wind power components will begin in spring 2017 and continue through the rest of the year. In addition, the underwater cables will continue to be laid and preparations made for installing the transformer station. This infrastructure will allow the energy generated by the wind farm to be transported to the mainland.

The 400 MW project is being built 13 kilometers off the coast of Sussex and is a joint venture between E.On, the British Green Investment Bank and Canadian energy producer, Enbridge. Once completed, the wind farm will produce enough energy each year to supply roughly 350,000 households. The wind farm is scheduled to be finished and ready for operation in 2018.

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