Rampion turbines. Source: E.on UK plc (www.eonenergy.com)
The 116 turbines of the 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex, southern England, are now producing and feeding green power, German energy company E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) said today.
The power plant will be fully completed by the end of 2018, E.on added, explaining that there is more work to be done in the coming months before the on- and offshore substations, for example, get fully commissioned.
Installation of the 116 MHI Vestas turbines roughly 13 kilometres off Sussex was completed in September and the first one was put on stream in November.
E.on built the plant in partnership with Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge (TSE:ENB) and a consortium including Green Investment Group, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and private pension fund Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
The Crown Estate said in its operational report recently that offshore wind is on track to reach a contribution of 10% in the UK’s total electricity generation by 2020, up from 6.2% in 2017. At the end of last year, the country had 5.83 GW operational wind parks at sea and 4.58 GW under construction.