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Finish line for Rampion

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 20/09/2017 E.ON
MPI OffshoreThe final MHI Vestas V112-3.45MW turbine has been installed at the Rampion offshore wind farm located off the UK's south coast. A total of 116 turbines have been installed at the site after work began in March.

Two jack-up installation vessels were deployed to carry out the work, MPI Offshore's MPI Discovery and MPI Adventure. The vessels carried components for up to eight turbines during each trip to the site and collected components from the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark. Each turbine consists of an 80m tower, a nacelle, and three blades, each measuring 55m in length.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We’re especially proud to have achieved this remarkable feat, installing all 116 turbines ahead of schedule in just over six months. This major milestone sees the safe installation of all physical components visible above sea level, representing the full extent of the wind farm.

"Since the spring we have also completed the lay and burial of 112 kilometres of array cables, which connects the turbines to the offshore substation, installed in April, before transporting power to shore.

“We now look forward to Rampion’s first generation of electricity later this year and to working towards completion and full operation in 2018.”

Construction and commissioning works are underway on the offshore and onshore substations for the project. Furthermore, onshore work for the cable route is being carried out before the electrical infrastructure is complete and ready to carry power generated from the wind farm.

The 400MW Rampion is located approximately 13km off the Sussex coast and is anticipated to begin full operation in 2018. Once commissioned, the project is expected to provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes.

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