Construction of a new maintenance base for the Rampion offshore wind farm 13km off the coast at Brighton has started at Newhaven Port.
The operations and maintenance base, designed by architects Corstorphine and Wright, will house a team of 60 full-time staff who will control the wind farm once it becomes operational.
Chris Tomlinson, development and stakeholder manager for the Rampion offshore wind farm, said: “We’re delighted that Rampion’s investment in the facility is acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Newhaven Port.
“This will help to trigger associated economic benefits to the town while supporting the development of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone.”
The majority of the construction work will now take place during the summer along with the installation of re-fuelling facilities and cranes which will be used by the wind farm maintenance vessels.
When complete, the 400MW Rampion windfarm will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex.
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