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Babcock awarded contract to support Rampion Wind Farm project

Babcock is to design, fabricate and off-load key sub-contract packages for the prestigious UK Round 3, Rampion offshore wind farm development off the coast of Sussex, from their site in Rosyth, Fife.

The 400 Megawatt (MW) project being built by energy company E.ON, alongside partners the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) will include 116 turbines, with the nearest located 13 kilometres from shore.

The complex project will see Babcock deliver the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the 2500 tonne offshore sub-station platform (OSP) topside and jacket. From their base in Rosyth they have the capability and capacity to design, fabricate and load-out these critical components for this highly technical ‘UK Round 3’ project, which will ultimately be located within the English Channel.

Babcock will deliver this programme through a combination of work undertaken at Rosyth and specialist sub-contract packages which are currently being finalised. The scale and complexity of the structure requires tightly managed processes and procedures, which Babcock can deliver in conjunction with excellent project management integration, manufacture and construction expertise.

The programme will commence immediately with Babcock undertaking design work, the manufacturing phase is then planned to start Q3 2015, with completion of the project scheduled for December 2016.

Ian Donnelly, Babcock’s Managing Director, Energy and Marine Services said: “This is great news for Rosyth and we are delighted to be working with E.ON and GIB on this renewable energy project. Our capacity and facilities here enable us to deliver and manage this complex programme. However, more importantly is the skill and capability of our teams working here, from design, manufacture and construction through to our support teams; I have every confidence that we will deliver this contract, to the highest safety and quality standards, while meeting our customer’s schedule requirements.

He adds: “The project will sustain over 100 positions at Rosyth and will have positive spin-offs for the wider supply chain in Scotland, as well as providing training and development opportunities in specialist skills and offshore renewable expertise at Rosyth.”

This Rampion contract further enhances Babcock’s position within the renewable energy sector, which has to date focused primarily around offshore wind and the EPC of OSP structures. Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support organisation and has many years’ experience in offshore energy and marine projects.

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