UK OKs E.ON's 700MW Rampion

The UK government has given the green light to E.ON’s 700MW Rampion offshore wind project off the southern coast of England.

The German utility submitted a consent application in April 2013 for the project off the Sussex coast, using a maximum 175 turbines.

UK energy secretary Ed Davey said of the Round 3 project: “This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs as well as driving business opportunities right across the country in a sector with a clear roadmap for long-term growth.”

The wind farm will support more than 750 jobs and generate more than £2bn ($3.42bn) of investment for the economy, added Davey.

Rampion, off the city of Brighton & Hove, would be served by an operations and maintenance base at the nearby port of Newhaven.

E.ON has previously said that if consent is given it will look to start construction work in 2015, with full commissioning of the wind farm in 2018/19.