WORK STARTS ON FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN ENGLISH CHANNEL

Work on a 116 turbine offshore wind farm located in the English Channel will begin next year, it has been announced. The Rampion wind farm situated just eight miles from the picturesque Sussex coast will cost £1.3 bn to construct.
Supporters claim that the wind farm will generate 400 megawatts, powering up to 300,000 homes and cutting up to 60,000 tons of CO2 a year, although previous studies have shown that the chances of wind farms operating at maximum capacity are“vanishingly small”. Most operate at about 8 per cent of headline output on average.

E.ON, the company behind Rampion, have said that construction of the onshore substation at Twineham, West Sussex will start next month, followed by preparations for the onshore cable route. The offshore elements are expected to be complete by 2018, according to the Guardian.

Tony Cocker, the E.ON chief executive, said: “This is an important milestone for what is a strategically important project for the UK.” E.ON is being partnered in the project by the Green Investment Bank, which has also welcomed the forthcoming work on the project.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said: “This huge investment is a vote of confidence in the UK, creating local jobs, bringing business opportunities and providing clean, homegrown energy.”

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