Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
Fabrication of Foundation sea-fastenings
MCC were contracted to fabricate and install all of the sea-fastening structures relating to the installation of foundation components for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm (monopiles and transition pieces).
Additionally we were asked to construct a hydraulically operated Monopile Upending Frame, which is utilised to lift the 800t Monopiles from the horizontal sea fastening position into the vertical installation position.
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is located off the Sussex Coast, the first of its kind off the South Coast of England. Construction of the 400 megawatt (MW) project begins in 2016 using Vestas 3.45 MW Wind Turbine Generators.
The nearest turbine to shore will be 13km (8 miles) and the site will feature 116 turbines, each 3.45MW in capacity, giving the project a total generating capacity of 400MW. Each of the turbines will be 85m tall to the hub height, and 140M to blade tip.
The turbine layout is a regular grid matrix with a minimum spacing between the turbines of 750m and will include one offshore substation. The export cable route is still being finalised within the reduced corridor that was consented.