the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects
Crime
reduction
 


Inward
investment
information
 


Licensee
Forum
 

Workforce development 

Transport
 

Business &
climate
change

Property &
Development sites

Business
Improvement
Districts

Housing
 

Strategy
 

Consultation opportunities
 

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton
business.co.uk

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 18 September 2015
A typical sub-sea grab

Work commences at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

Work will begin this week at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, in readiness for the first foundation installation in January.

This will include clearing boulders on the seabed along the cable route and around each of the 116 foundation positions to allow safe and effective installation.

Chris Tomlinson, E.ON Development Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: "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. 

“Assessment of the number of boulders is still underway but is likely to be in the thousands and up to six vessels will be on site to undertake the work over the next many months. Great efforts will be made to replicate the seabed as it is now and all boulders moved will be weighed and the new position recorded. Details of the new positions of the boulders will be made freely available to sea users.
 
We will continue to issue Notices to Mariners to keep sea users informed of these works.” 

This coincides with work commencing onshore, with the first of 12 stages of the onshore project which started in early September to the south of the Upper Brighton Road, Worthing.
 
Access points will be constructed first 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 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,” added Chris.
 
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.

During the planned 3 year offshore construction period it is estimated that around 250 to 300 jobs will be created. A workforce of up to 100 will be employed for the onshore cable route and around a further 40 to 60 people at the onshore substation during construction.  Once the wind farm is commissioned and fully operational, it is envisaged that up to 65 full time permanent jobs will be created at the operations and maintenance base which will be advertised locally and will include two apprenticeship roles per year for at least three years.

Approval has also been received from Lewes District Council Planning Committee for the wind farms operations and maintenance base at Newhaven Port. The design is expected to be finalised over the winter period with construction planned to commence later next year.

The 400MW 116 turbine project being built by E.ON and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (1) 13km off the Sussex coast will, when complete, provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes (2) and reduce C02 emissions of up to 600,000 tonnes (3) a year.

The Rampion project remains set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England and is believed to be the first UK Round 3 project to enter construction.
Anyone wishing to get in touch can contact us on 0800 280 0886, or email
rampion@eon.com or visit www.eonenergy.com/rampion

1 = The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in November 2012. With £3.8bn of funding from the UK Government, it is the first bank of its kind in the world.  Its mission is to accelerate the UK's transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of Government. GIB is wholly owned by HM Government. The Company is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. A wholly owned subsidiary UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services Limited, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Read related items on:
E.on
Rampion Wind Farm


Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


Headlines

16 May 2018
Can you help us help rough sleepers? Search for a venue to provide shelter
15 May 2018
New Research Reveals Cost of Opening A Business in Brighton: £6,000 11 May 2018
Tech firm SaleCycle to open new office in Brighton, creating 30+ new jobs 4 May 2018
Get involved - National Numeracy Day This 16 May 1 May 2018
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT INDUSTRY CELEBRATES 300 BIDS 1 May 2018
Barclays' High Growth & Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 launch to celebrate start-up leaders in the UK 30 April 2018
Barclays launches major drive to help SMEs tackle Cymbercrime 24 April 2018
An evening with Chris Fox, Lib Dem Peer 24 April 2018
"A triumph of innovation" 13 April 2018
Brighton city Centre Vacancy Rates continue to buck national trend 12 April 2018
The Ivy in the Lanes Set to open 2 May 2018 11 April 2018
Free Dr Bike Service Returns 20 March 2018
Brighton named most entrepreneurial city AND second best for student happiness according to Fresh Student Living 19 March 2018
A Meeting with Chris Fox, Lib Dem Peer - Why Business Matters 14 March 2018
Better Business for All Event with BEIS 7 March 2018
Brighton celebrates women in tech as Spring Forward festival returns for a fourth year 6 March 2018
Six months of success for BTN BikeShare 2 March 2018
Sustainability in Action masterclasses for Sussex businesses 2 March 2018
Doing Business in China comes to Brighton 1 March 2018
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce presents: Protecting your brand- a guide for fast growth businesses 1 March 2018
Long haul passengers boost local economy and jobs, according to new Gatwick report on the 'Visitor Economy' 28 February 2018
Save time reporting crime 27 February 2018
Warren Morgan Resigns from Brighton & Hove City Council 23 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company, Paxton Ranks in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 23 February 2018
Greater Brighton's Commercial Property Database 22 February 2018
SE-ASSIST - Launch of Loan Capital in Greater Brighton 19 February 2018
House Price update Q4 2017 19 February 2018
What would you do in a crisis? 19 February 2018
The investment journey for high growth entrepreneurs 9 February 2018
Make Change Count 2018 - helping rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove 8 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company Paxton Announces Recipients of New Scholarship Programmein Association with the University of Brighton 8 February 2018
Cyber London Accelerator Invites Summer 2018 Entries 8 February 2018
Innovate UK Launches Strand 2 Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Competition 8 February 2018
Success In Sussex As Food And Drink Heroes Crowned Winners 8 February 2018
UK Games Fund - Fourth Round Open to Applications 8 February 2018
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Launch Young Innovators' Programme 6 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launches 'Kit Out The Kitchen' crowdfunding campaign 2 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Council and Crest Nicholson win £15m government funding to kickstart King Alfred project 1 February 2018
Could a Utilise Plus Programme grant help you? 1 February 2018
Shoreham Port Facilitates Huge Operation