Construction of the Rampion wind farms Operations and Maintenance base at Newhaven Port is now underway. Located on the East Quay, the facility will be the base for a team of 60 full time employees who will operate the wind farm when complete. Preliminary work to drive concrete piles into the ground in preparation for laying the foundations, took place in spring and is now complete. The majority of the construction work will now take place during the summer, along with the installation of refuelling facilities and davit cranes which will be used by the wind farm maintenance vessels. The operations and maintenance building is due to be finished by the end of the year with work likely to continue on the pontoons during 2018. In the meantime, a workforce of up to 650 people is engaged in the offshore construction work, which is being project managed from a temporary base in Newhaven Port. It is located within the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, which aims to improve the economic regeneration of Newhaven over the next 25 years. The building designed by architects Corstorphine + Wright together with the Hove based engineering firm Helmsley Orrell Partnership (HOP), will incorporate a marine and wind farm control room, offices and warehousing and is sited near the quayside for easy access to crew transfer vessels which will be operated daily to maintain the wind farm. Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We’re delighted that Rampion’s investment in the facility is acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Newhaven Port, helping to trigger associated economic benefits to the town while supporting the development of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone.” The 400MW Rampion project is located approximately 13km off the Sussex coast and will consist of a total of 116 turbines. It is anticipated to begin full operation in 2018 providing enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes and reduce C02 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year. MPI Offshore’s jack-up installation vessel MPI Discovery started installing the MHI Vestas V112-3.45 turbines at the site in March. It was recently joined by MPI Adventure. The project is anticipated to begin operations in 2018 providing enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes. For more information please follow the links provided.