E.on pins Newhaven Port as O&M hub for up-to-700-MW offshore wind farm
Oct 2, 2012 - German utility E.on AG said Tuesday it would locate at Newhaven port, southern England, the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for its up-to-700-MW Rampion offshore wind farm if the project was to get the green light.
The company chose the site after technical assessment of the port and the other candidate -- Shoreham Ports. It said that it might open up to 85 permanent working positions at the O&M facility. The latter is to include office space, equipment storage and vessel mooring to support the work of the wind farm throughout its lifetime of over 25 years.
E.on is currently working on its project proposal, which it plans to submit before the years is over. It would need to seek additional approval for the O&M site in the future.
The Rampion offshore wind project off the coast of East Sussex is to include between 100 and 195 wind turbines, whose total capacity is planned at no more than 700 MW. This, according to E.on’s calculations, could be enough to cover the demand of 450,000 households.