VBMS has been awarded a contract by E.ON for the installation of two 16 kilometre-long export cables for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The 150kV HVAC cables will transport the power ashore from the 400 MW wind farm to the onshore cable in Brooklands Pleasure Park in Worthing, South East England. VBMS will deploy the DP2 cable-laying vessel Stemat Spirit, which proved its capability for this type of project during the Humber Gateway OWF export cable installation for E.ON in 2013.
The scope of this contract includes the lay and simultaneous burial of the cables. VBMS recently added a new plough to the spread, which provides a high-performance trenching solution for large diameter cables. The project will be executed in Q3 2016.
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, located in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex, will consist of 116 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3.45 MW. This round 3 project is expected to be completed in 2018.