Work begins on Sussex offshore wind farm
Preliminary work has begun on the 400MW Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which will be built 13km off the Sussex coast.
The work will include clearing boulders on the seabed along the cable route and around each of the 116 foundation positions to allow installation to begin in January.
Access points will also be constructed this month to allow construction of a haul road along the cable route.
This will be followed by trenching works to lay the ducting for the cables, and finally, the reinstatement of the ground.
Work will also start on building the onshore substation in Twineham towards the end of September.
“Throughout the Rampion project’s progress we’ve worked hard to keep the local community informed of our activities and over the last three months community events have been held at locations along the cable route in Lancing, Steyning, Henfield and Twineham, where we were pleased to be able to update over 500 local people of our construction plans,” said E.ON Development Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Chris Tomlinson.
"After five years in development, following successful consultation, consent and contracting, we're delighted to be able to confirm that work will commence this week to prepare the seabed for turbine installation,” he added.
When the turbines are fully complete in early 2018 the electricity cables will come ashore at the Brooklands Pleasure Park in Worthing and will transport power along 27km of underground onshore cable to the new substation at Twineham where it will be connected to the grid.
Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues