One hundred and sixteen wind turbines were installed for the offshore Rampion Offshore Wind Farm based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex, the European holding company E.ON announced Monday.
When the project is completed, it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex.
According to the announcement, for the installation of each turbine for the wind farm, an 80-meter long tower weighing approximately 200 tonnes will be positioned and bolted onto the foundation of each turbine. Then the nacelle and three blades, each measuring 55 meters in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time.
A consortium of E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge will build and operate the 400-megawatt project.
The Operations and Maintenance for the farm based at Newhaven Port will include offices and warehousing and will employ up to 60 full time, permanent staff and store spare parts and tools to support the maintenance of the turbines.
"The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018," the statement read.
By Gulsen Cagatay