Last of 116 wind turbines to be installed this week

The construction of the Rampion offshore windfarm reaches a major milestone this week with the installation of the last of 116 wind turbines.

The first turbine was installed 13 kilometres off the Sussex coast in March and since then jack up vessels – the MPI Discovery and MPI Adventure – have worked to install the others.

The 400MW windfarm is being built by Eon, the UK Green Investment Bank and Canadian energy infrastructure company, Enbridge.

When complete, it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homesa year.

“We’re especially proud to have achieved this remarkable feat, installing all 116 turbines ahead of schedule in just over six months,” said development and stakeholder manager, Chris Tomlinson.

“This major milestone sees the safe installation of all physical components visible above sea level, representing the full extent of the wind farm.

“Since the spring we have also completed the lay and burial of 112 kilometres of array cables, which connects the turbines to the offshore substation, installed in April, before transporting power to shore,” added Tomlinson.

“We now look forward to Rampion’s first generation of electricity later this year and to working towards completion and full operation in 2018.”

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