Utility company E.ON has started laying the first turbine foundation for the Rampion offshore wind project in the UK.
The project is on schedule though it continues to battle severe weather conditions, which had disturbed works to prepare seabed for the 116 turbines installation.
The Rampion offshore wind project is being built 13km off the Sussex coast between Brighton and Lancing, and after completion it will become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England.
The 400MW project will generate enough to meet power requirement of up to 290,000 homes.
Rampion project is jointly owned by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank and Canadian energy company Enbridge.
On completion, the project is expected to cut down carbon dioxide emissions by up to 600,000 tons per year.
E.ON development manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Chris Tomlinson said: "After almost six years of development, including community engagement, engineering and environmental surveys, it’s a really proud moment to finally be installing the first foundations.
"These foundations will be piled into the seabed and act as a base for each of the 140m turbines, which we will start erecting in early 2017.
"I’m pleased that our highly skilled team have been able to overcome the poor weather conditions that we’ve faced over the last few weeks and continue with the construction of the wind farm as planned."
The wind farm will be equipped with 116 Vestas V112-3.45MW wind turbines of 3.45MW each.
The entire project will spread across 72km², and each turbine will be installed at a minimum distance of 750m from each other and connected through inter array cables.
E.ON will invest approximately £1.3bn; UK Green Investment Bank will invest £236m while Enbridge will invest £370m in the project.
Image: Rampion offshore wind farm to meet power requirement of up to 290,000 homes. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 /FreeDigitalPhotos.net.