Massive investment in renewable energy on the South Coast

12 Jun 2015

Over the next few months work will begin on the new “Project Rampion” project to create an off shore wind farm 13km off of the South Coast between Shoreham and Brighton. This £1.3bn project will create a wind farm with 116 turbines capable of producing 400MW. This could provide enough electricity to power 300,000 homes and save 600,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Construction of the onshore substation at Twineham will commence shortly, followed by preparation of the onshore cable route. Following preparation of the sea bed and the removal of any World War Two unexploded ordnance, the offshore construction starts in 2016 and is due to be completed in 2018. Alongside this, a permanent maintenance and support facility will be built in Newhaven. This will create 65 permanent jobs in addition to the over 500 people who will be employed on the project itself.

I was privileged to attend a seminar recently detailing how the project will be delivered. It had the specific aim of involving local companies in the supply chain. The supply chain will not only engage engineering and manufacturing companies involved in building the wind farm but also service companies supporting that build and the future maintenance and up keep of the facility. It’s a massive opportunity for local businesses whether engineering or service based. At the event a web portal was launched to support local businesses; and readers may be interested in registering the products and services of their company on the site.

As the Government moves away from on-shore wind energy and gives even further support to off shore schemes this is an industry that not only supports UK manufacturing but also our service sector companies too.

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