Construction team battle the elements to begin installation of first foundations at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

By VictoriaBlake

Rampion Offshore
Wind Limited has announced that the project remains on schedule with the
installation of the first turbine foundation due to start this week, despite
adverse weather conditions disrupting enabling works to prepare the seabed.

Work to prepare the seabed for the 116 turbines began in September and the
initial load of foundations arrived on site from the Netherlands last week. Construction
of the first foundation
in the northwest
quadrant of the site is planned to
begin this week. The
ongoing offshore construction work will be project managed from a temporary
facility in Newhaven Port until the wind farm’s Operations and Maintenance Base
is completed in 2017.

Chris Tomlinson, E.ON Development
Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
, said: “After
almost six years of development, including community engagement, engineering
and environmental surveys, it’s a really proud moment to finally be installing
the first foundations. These foundations will be piled into the seabed and will
act as a base for each of the 140m turbines, which we will start erecting in
early 2017.

“I’m pleased that our highly skilled team have been able to overcome the
poor weather conditions that we’ve faced over the last few weeks and continue with
the construction of the wind farm as planned.”

In preparation for the foundation installation work, Rampion Offshore
Wind Limited held an exhibition introducing sea users to the offshore
construction plans. Around 50 people attended from the fishing, diving and
sailing community on Tuesday 12 January, which also included a Q&A session
with the Rampion Project Team and Offshore Construction Manager.

The 400MW project, being built by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank and
Canadian energy company Enbridge, 13km off the Sussex coast between Brighton
and Lancing, remains set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south
coast of England. The development is expected to supply the equivalent of up to
300,000 homes(1) and to reduce CO2 emissions by up to
600,000 tonnes(2) a year.

Ends

Notes to editors:

1 = Based on an average annual domestic household
electricity consumption of 4,700kWh (DECC):

1,366,560,000KWh / 4,700KWh =
290,757 homes.

2 = The calculation is made using
a static figure of 430g/kWh representing the energy mix in the UK
(1,366,560,000KWh x 430(g/kWh) / 1,000 = 587,621 tonnes pa.


For more information contact:

Victoria Blake: 02476 181 304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

Roxanne Postle: 02476 195 785 or roxanne.postle@eon-uk.com

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