Each turbine will measure around 140m to the blade tip and all 116 turbines will have a total generating capacity of 400MW of electricity, enough to supply the equivalent of 290,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year.
Chris Tomlinson, E.ON Development Manager for the Rampion Wind Farm, said: “Our final proposed wind farm design seeks to optimise the scheme in the best seabed conditions as part of our continuing drive to reduce the costs of offshore wind. We’re now finalising our construction plans and moving closer to being able to secure jobs during both construction and operation. We look forward to moving the project forward and to generating large scale renewable energy helping to secure future electricity supplies.”
The reduction is size from 271 km originally proposed will significantly reduce the visual impact from the heritage Coast around Newhaven.
During the proposed 3 year offshore construction period it is estimated that 250 to 300 jobs would be created and local vessels would be utilised, with 40 roles being based at the project management facility in Newhaven Port. It is envisaged that a workforce of up to 100 would be working on the onshore cable route while around 40 to 60 people would be employed at the onshore substation during the proposed 2 year onshore construction. It is estimated that up to 65 full time permanent jobs would be created at the operations base in Newhaven Port once the wind farm is commissioned and fully operational.