Almost half the 116 turbines of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm are in place and two mighty jack-up vessels will now work together to install the remaining MHI Vestas V112-3.45 megawatt (MW) models to make up the 400MW project.
MPI Discovery started installation work in March and was joined in June by second jack-up vessel MPI Adventure. Both vessels bring the components of eight full turbines from Esbjerg, Denmark to the site for installation before returning to the port for their next load as part of a continuous operation. Each round trip takes approximately 20 days. The installation of turbines will carry on from now through the summer and is expected to continue until late 2017.
The commissioning of the turbines, to get them ready to start generating power, is due to begin in autumn. At the time of printing, 56 turbines were installed at the site.