Eon given approval to build Rampion wind farm off Brighton coast

Posted On 16 Jul 2014 at 12:00 pm

The energy company Eon has been given permission to build a £2 billion wind farm between 8 and 15 miles off the coast of Brighton and Hove.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is expected to create 750 jobs and generate enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes.

It was approved by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey who said: “We’re driving investment in our energy security, and our plans have made us number one in the world for investment in offshore wind energy.

“This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country in a sector with a clear roadmap for long-term growth.”

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Eon said: “This decision means Rampion is set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England.

“Consent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 turbines to be installed around 13 to 20km off the Sussex coast.”

Eon Renewables chief operating officer Michael Lewis said: “Eon is delighted to receive development consent for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm proposal.

“This is a key milestone for the project and we firmly believe Rampion will play an important role in helping to ensure future security of supply and make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets.”

Rampion development manager Chris Tomlinson said: “This is great news for Eon and for Sussex.

Chris Tomlinson

Chris Tomlinson

“The wind farm will not only help generate jobs during both construction and operation but also provide a boost to the port regeneration at Newhaven and the local economy.

“We’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Sussex community for the high level of interest they’ve shown in this project, including their responses to our consultations and to the Planning Inspectorate during the examination which has all helped shape the project which we have today.”

The man in charge of Britain’s seabed, Huub den Rooijen, the head of offshore wind at the Crown Estate, said: “Today’s announcement for the Rampion wind farm is great news for the offshore wind industry and with nearly 12GW consented, including over 5GW in operation or under construction, this further reinforces why the UK remains one of the best places to invest in offshore wind globally.”

Eon said that it would continue to keep the local community informed about the project’s progress.

The company said that it would be “working hard over the coming months and years to make sure they are aware of the onshore and offshore activities associated with building the wind farm”.

Eon added: “A final timetable for construction has not yet been agreed but is likely to begin within the next 12 months, with the first sections of the onshore cabling expected to commence spring in 2015.”

The work is expected to take up to four years with the first turbines generating electricity in 2018 or 2019.

  1. bruce Reply

    How sad. Better with Fracking than this type of eyesore

  2. bruce Reply

    How sad. Better with Fracking than this type of eyesore

  3. bruce Reply

    How sad. Better with Fracking than this type of eyesore

  4. HJarrs Reply

    ? Better pumping out millions of tonnes of CO2 than the elegant turbines of Rampion, which will become a tourist attraction in their own right? Nonsense.

  5. HJarrs Reply

    ? Better pumping out millions of tonnes of CO2 than the elegant turbines of Rampion, which will become a tourist attraction in their own right? Nonsense.

  6. HJarrs Reply

    ? Better pumping out millions of tonnes of CO2 than the elegant turbines of Rampion, which will become a tourist attraction in their own right? Nonsense.

  7. Chris P Reply

    Explain where 750 jobs will be created. Is that specialist construction or operation and maintenance. For the former it’ll be short term, for the latter it will be far fewer. Politicians whistling in the wind as usual. Ok they have green credentials but about as pleasing to the eye when viewed from the downs as a forest of oil refinery cracking towers. Why must we have these green blots on the landscape or here on the seascape?

  8. Chris P Reply

    Explain where 750 jobs will be created. Is that specialist construction or operation and maintenance. For the former it’ll be short term, for the latter it will be far fewer. Politicians whistling in the wind as usual. Ok they have green credentials but about as pleasing to the eye when viewed from the downs as a forest of oil refinery cracking towers. Why must we have these green blots on the landscape or here on the seascape?

  9. Chris P Reply

    Explain where 750 jobs will be created. Is that specialist construction or operation and maintenance. For the former it’ll be short term, for the latter it will be far fewer. Politicians whistling in the wind as usual. Ok they have green credentials but about as pleasing to the eye when viewed from the downs as a forest of oil refinery cracking towers. Why must we have these green blots on the landscape or here on the seascape?

  10. HJarrs Reply

    M Zuma have you sold any of your chamber pots?

    If you think someone pays me to post in the Indy and Argus you must more bonkers than I thought. But thanks anyway to contributing to a discussion about Rampion, it’s really been informative. Not.

  11. HJarrs Reply

    M Zuma have you sold any of your chamber pots?

    If you think someone pays me to post in the Indy and Argus you must more bonkers than I thought. But thanks anyway to contributing to a discussion about Rampion, it’s really been informative. Not.

  12. HJarrs Reply

    M Zuma have you sold any of your chamber pots?

    If you think someone pays me to post in the Indy and Argus you must more bonkers than I thought. But thanks anyway to contributing to a discussion about Rampion, it’s really been informative. Not.

  13. anon Reply

    the benefits will never reach the consumer (average citizen), it will only fatten the already full wallets of those in the higher eschelons of society!

  14. anon Reply

    the benefits will never reach the consumer (average citizen), it will only fatten the already full wallets of those in the higher eschelons of society!

  15. anon Reply

    the benefits will never reach the consumer (average citizen), it will only fatten the already full wallets of those in the higher eschelons of society!

  16. Doug S Reply

    What a fiasco. Taxpayers money used to erect the i 360 only for it to yield a grandstand view eclipsed by a view of the most expensive electricity generating array in Europe. Who is leading the opposition to this eyesore? UKIP where are you?.

  17. Doug S Reply

    What a fiasco. Taxpayers money used to erect the i 360 only for it to yield a grandstand view eclipsed by a view of the most expensive electricity generating array in Europe. Who is leading the opposition to this eyesore? UKIP where are you?.

  18. Doug S Reply

    What a fiasco. Taxpayers money used to erect the i 360 only for it to yield a grandstand view eclipsed by a view of the most expensive electricity generating array in Europe. Who is leading the opposition to this eyesore? UKIP where are you?.

  19. Mr Anom Reply

    What would you prefer? A Nuclear power plant then dump the lethal waste into the ground for someone to dig up in a few hundred years! Hope none of my descendants are archaeologists.
    How about carrying on with burning fossil fuels and destroy the planet for future generations, or is that okay because you can enjoy it now with out a care about our children’s children enjoying it!
    Keep on cutting down forest for wood to burn, slowly taking away animals homes and destroying the country side you all say you love?
    Eventually something better then wind turbines will come along but at the moment wind turbines are here and work.
    I for one want to try and preserve this earth as best possible for future generations to enjoy!

  20. Mr Anom Reply

    What would you prefer? A Nuclear power plant then dump the lethal waste into the ground for someone to dig up in a few hundred years! Hope none of my descendants are archaeologists.
    How about carrying on with burning fossil fuels and destroy the planet for future generations, or is that okay because you can enjoy it now with out a care about our children’s children enjoying it!
    Keep on cutting down forest for wood to burn, slowly taking away animals homes and destroying the country side you all say you love?
    Eventually something better then wind turbines will come along but at the moment wind turbines are here and work.
    I for one want to try and preserve this earth as best possible for future generations to enjoy!

  21. Mr Anom Reply

    What would you prefer? A Nuclear power plant then dump the lethal waste into the ground for someone to dig up in a few hundred years! Hope none of my descendants are archaeologists.
    How about carrying on with burning fossil fuels and destroy the planet for future generations, or is that okay because you can enjoy it now with out a care about our children’s children enjoying it!
    Keep on cutting down forest for wood to burn, slowly taking away animals homes and destroying the country side you all say you love?
    Eventually something better then wind turbines will come along but at the moment wind turbines are here and work.
    I for one want to try and preserve this earth as best possible for future generations to enjoy!

  22. bruce Reply

    This link explains the reason nuclear waste is safe and is low carbon too at http://fissionenvironmentalists.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/nuclear-waste-can-it-be-disposed-of-safely/ .
    This, in my opinion, is the right balanced approach the UK is now moving in again, unless we want to go back to the dark ages.
    Fracking is also a proven clean means of fuel supply, as opposed to coal, and we need it.

    I am opposed to wind turbines that deface the countryside and are positioned in areas of such high visibility. It is perfectly fine if the turbines are placed out of everyone’s sight, but the industry installs them wherever it is cheapest to do so, hence Rampion where it is shallower but in full view of millions of people.

  23. bruce Reply

    This link explains the reason nuclear waste is safe and is low carbon too at http://fissionenvironmentalists.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/nuclear-waste-can-it-be-disposed-of-safely/ .
    This, in my opinion, is the right balanced approach the UK is now moving in again, unless we want to go back to the dark ages.
    Fracking is also a proven clean means of fuel supply, as opposed to coal, and we need it.

    I am opposed to wind turbines that deface the countryside and are positioned in areas of such high visibility. It is perfectly fine if the turbines are placed out of everyone’s sight, but the industry installs them wherever it is cheapest to do so, hence Rampion where it is shallower but in full view of millions of people.

  24. bruce Reply

    This link explains the reason nuclear waste is safe and is low carbon too at http://fissionenvironmentalists.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/nuclear-waste-can-it-be-disposed-of-safely/ .
    This, in my opinion, is the right balanced approach the UK is now moving in again, unless we want to go back to the dark ages.
    Fracking is also a proven clean means of fuel supply, as opposed to coal, and we need it.

    I am opposed to wind turbines that deface the countryside and are positioned in areas of such high visibility. It is perfectly fine if the turbines are placed out of everyone’s sight, but the industry installs them wherever it is cheapest to do so, hence Rampion where it is shallower but in full view of millions of people.

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