Wind farm between Littlehampton and Brighton is to be reduced

An offshore wind farm has released plans for the cable route that will run through the South Downs.

The project is now launching a consultation on the locations for the cables needed to transmit the energy generated from the wind farm between Littlehampton and Brighton to a substation at Cowfold.

The current route would extend from Littlehampton to the substation, passing through Arundel, Washington and areas of the South Downs.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion 2 project said: “The power cable installation from the wind farm to the new substation would be a temporary impact during construction as all cables would be buried.

“The Rampion 2 team is committed to restoring the land to its former state as soon as possible after our work.

Proposed offshore wind farm to go smaller (and they want your opinion)Images of the Rampion wind farm

“Where we can improve the route and take action to further reduce these temporary impacts, we will strive to do so.”

It is estimated that the wind farm could reduce CO2 emissions by around 1.8 million tons per year.

RWE, the company behind the project, says work to construct these cables would take around 18 to 20 weeks. The total construction time of the wind farm is estimated at around two and a half years.

Proposed offshore wind farm to go smaller (and they want your opinion)The proposed cable route for the Rampion 2 wind farm

A consultation phase has now been initiated on the routing of the cables. Citizens can comment on the project online or at drop-in events in:

• Arundel Town Hall, Maltravers Street in Arundel, Tuesday 1st November, 1pm-8pm.

• Arun Yacht Club Zipline in Littlehampton, Wednesday 2 November 1pm-8pm.

• Ashurst Village Hall, The Street, Ashurst, Friday 11 November, 1pm-8pm.

• Washington Memorial Village Hall, School Lane in Washington, Saturday, November 12, 1:00-8:00 p.m.

Previous consultations for the project were launched in 2020 and 2021.

The plans for the wind farm should be submitted by the end of next year. If approved, plans call for construction to begin around 2026, with the final project aiming to be operational “before the end of the decade.”

The consultation runs from Tuesday 18 October to Tuesday 29 November. Wind farm between Littlehampton and Brighton is to be reduced

Fry Electronics Team

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