PICTURES: Rampion wind farm project
Construction work at the Rampion wind farm is underway again.
A barge was seen today off the Worthing coast, near the Brooklands Pleasure Park, East Worthing, where the foundations are being laid for the wind turbines.
Twenty monopile foundations, each weighing between 500 and 800 tonnes, have already been installed, and the barges are laying down the remaining 96.
Onshore the 27km underground cable route, which transports the power from the point the cables come ashore at Brooklands Pleasure Park to the planned substation at Twineham, is roughly two-thirds complete.
Chris Tomlinson, E.ON development manager said: “Over the last few months, our highly skilled team has continued to prepare the site for foundation installation, progressing with boulder relocation and unexploded ordnance surveys.
“We are now pleased to be entering the next stage of piling and we’ll now work towards installing the remainder of the foundations by the end of this year, in preparation for turbine installation to begin in 2017.”
The two unexploded devices, discovered earlier this year and thought to date from the Second World War, are also planned to be disposed of after permission was granted by the Marine Management Organisation.
When complete, the wind farm will provide enough electricity to supply around 300,000 homes and reduce C02 emissions by around 600,000 tonnes a year.
The project is due to be completed in 2018.
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