COUNTY NEWS: Piling work recommences at Rampion
Piling work to install wind turbine foundations at Rampion has recommenced this week while disposal of two unexploded ordnance devices found offshore is planned to take place this summer.
20 monopile foundations, each weighing between 500 and 800 tonnes, have already been installed and over the next four to five months two jack up barges - the MPI Discovery and Pacific Orca – will be deployed to install the remaining 96 foundations.
Chris Tomlinson, E.ON development manager said: “Over the last few months, our highly skilled team has continued to prepare the site for foundation installation, progressing with boulder relocation and unexploded ordnance surveys.
“We are now pleased to be entering the next stage of piling and we’ll now work towards installing the remainder of the foundations by the end of this year, in preparation for turbine installation to begin in 2017.”
The two unexploded devices, discovered earlier this year and thought to date from the Second World War, are also planned to be disposed of after permission was granted by the Marine Management Organisation.
Commercial and recreational sea users will be informed of the routine controlled explosion in advance and of a 1km radius safety exclusion zone during the event.
Onshore the 27km underground cable route, which transports the power from the point the cables come ashore at Brooklands Pleasure Park to the planned substation at Twineham, is developing with around 60 per cent of the installation now complete.
Horizontal directional drilling, a trenchless method of installing underground ducting and cabling has taken place under the railway just north of Brooklands, the River Adur and A283 and the A27, to minimise the impact on the environment and to avoid disruption to local roads.
Similar work is now planned on the final drill site, to cross the beach and the A259 to keep traffic moving along the coast road.
Rampion recently worked with West Sussex County Council to change an approved route for construction vehicles to avoid the southern section of Ham Road, Worthing, following local feedback.
The 400MW 116 turbine project will, when complete, provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes and reduce C02 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year. The project is due to be completed in 2018.
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