A 2000-tonne offshore substation topside structure has sailed for its eventual home at a UK windfarm.

The component, manufactured by engineering services firm Babcock International Group, is destined for E.ON’s 400 MW Rampion offshore wind project, located 14 km off the Sussex coast.  

The topside has now made the 500 nautical mile journey from Babcock’s facility at Rosyth, Scotland to the Rampion site, and is set to be installed on the substation’s jacket foundation. The foundation was completed in September 2016 and is managed on-site by Babcock.

After the topside’s installation, final hook-up and commissioning works will take place at the offshore site, Babcock said, adding that the substation will transform the windfarm’s generated power from 33 kV up to 150 kV.

The structure represents the first windfarm contract for the Rosyth facility.

Ian Donnelly, managing director of the Rosyth site, said: “We are very proud of our work on the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm project, our very first wind farm contract at our Rosyth facility, which reinforces our commitment to the offshore wind industry.

“With two other wind farm contracts currently underway and future potential work through the latest UK Contracts For Difference (CfD) round, it’s an exciting time for Rosyth and our renewables team.”