Newhaven MP Maria Caulfield has officially opened the Rampion Windfarm’s Operations and Maintenance Base in Newhaven’s Port.

As part of the opening of the new land based operation nerve centre Maria Caulfield MP delivered  a speech and was given a tour to explain the complex operations, equipment and service boats which are in use and monitored 24/7 to ensure safe, secure environment and operational disciplines. There was also an opportunity to meet and talk to members of staff and apprentices on what will be carried out there by these newly employed local staff and apprentices.

The Newhaven Base will employ 60 full time staff including 25 per cent from the local area, which will increase when more local apprentices are hired.

The windfarm’s 116 turbines will be maintained from the base on Newhaven’s East Quay, ensuring that they are operational and able to each produce 3.45MW of electricity. The annual power generation for the windfarm is set to be 1,400GWh of electricity, which would be enough to power 350,000 homes.

Maria Caulfield said “I am pleased that Rampion have constructed their operations and maintenance base here in Newhaven. The town had previously been neglected for a very long time, which is why I based my office here. Rampion’s base in the port is part of a much wider regeneration of the town that will transform it for the better for all local people. The base will provide jobs and apprenticeships to local people and help improve Newhaven’s economy. This is why I am delighted to be able to officially open Rampion’s base here in Newhaven.”