The windfarm which has been taking shape all summer off the coast of Brighton has reached a landmark – or seamark – moment today.
The last of the 116 turbines which make up the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm was put into place this morning.
The first electricity will be generated later this year, and the farm is due to be fully operational in 2018.
Each turbine consists of an 80 metre tower, weighing approximately 200 tonnes, which has been lifted and positioned onto each foundation, a nacelle, fitted to the top of each tower, which houses the generator and gearbox and three blades, each measuring 55 metres in length which have been hoisted and connected one at a time.
Over the last six months, since the first turbine was installed in early March, two jack up vessels – the MPI Discovery and MPI Adventure – have worked tirelessly to install each turbine, transporting the components for eight turbines at a time from Esbjerg in Denmark to the site 13 kilometres off the Sussex coast.
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.”