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E.ON unveils final design for Rampion offshore wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 25 November 2014

E.ON has unveiled a final 400MW design for its Rampion offshore wind farm project in the UK, reducing 300MW from the original maximum capacity.

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The project, which will be located 13km off the Sussex coast, received approval from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 2014.

The 72km2 final wind farm will feature 116 turbines, which will generate enough energy for about 290,000 homes and reduce up to 600,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

E.ON Rampion wind farm development manager Chris Tomlinson said: "Our final proposed wind farm design seeks to optimise the scheme in the best seabed conditions as part of our continuing drive to reduce the costs of offshore wind.

"We're now finalising our construction plans and moving closer to being able to secure jobs during both construction and operation. We look forward to moving the project forward and to generating large scale renewable energy helping to secure future electricity supplies."

E.ON is planning to make a final investment decision on Rampion project in 2015 and is yet to confirm whether it will go ahead under CfDs or the Renewables Obligation, which closes in April 2017.

The company estimates that the proposed three-year offshore construction period will create up to 300 jobs, including 40 based at the project management facility in Newhaven.

Image: The Rampion offshore wind farm will generate enough energy for about 290,000 homes. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.