The Henfield Hub, with the full backing and support of the Henfield Hall Executive Committee, is delighted to have arranged for Chris Tomlinson (Development Manager for Rampion, EON Climate & Renewables) to come to Henfield to talk about the Offshore Windfarm at Brighton/Worthing, covering construction, conservation issues and its route across country.   Refreshments provided on arrival then the presentation will commence at 3pm, followed by time for questions.

We are extremely lucky to have this opportunity and hope you will all come along and give this informative and interesting presentation your full support.

But don’t just take our word for how good this will be.  Here is what some of our local residents who have already heard Chris’s talk say about it……..

For a born sceptic like me, it is a fascinating talk, packed with information. It is an absolute must for any doubters. Patrick Thorpe

I thought the presentation was very professional, good knowledge, honest, and well illustrated.  Knew his subject.  Dick Kent

We were given a very interesting in-depth update of the whole Rampion project, from how its name was chosen, to supplying ‘green’ power to hundreds of thousands of Sussex homes.  The end is now in sight so this £multi-billion investment enters the final restoration phase. Then only the 116 turbines will be visible out at sea.   AB

An informative and entertaining talk which allays many ecological fears while demonstrating the difficulties encountered in building an offshore windfarm.  Barry Chaston

SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Rampion is an offshore wind farm development by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, under construction off the Sussex coast. The wind farm has a target capacity of 400 MW and will, when complete, provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018,

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A major milestone was achieved in September 2017 with the installation of the last of 116 wind turbines at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. 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.  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.

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”. 

Rampion is working towards completion and full operation in 2018. Further construction and commissioning work will now continue on both the offshore and onshore substations, as well as work to complete the onshore cable route, before the electrical infrastructure is complete and ready to carry power generated from the wind farm.

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Photos courtesy of Rampion