Seaford MP Norman Baker has welcomed the news that a proposed offshore wind farm could see the involvement of Newhaven Port.
E.ON announced that Newhaven Port would be the operations and maintenance base for the project if the development is granted approval.
The move could create up to 85 full time permanent jobs with the majority being recruited locally. It would also see part of Newhaven Port being modernised and redeveloped through E.ON’s investment in the new facility, which would support the operation and maintenance of the proposed offshore wind farm.
The town’s MP Mr Baker said, “This is fantastic news for Newhaven, and something I have worked hard to secure. It will not only create close to a hundred jobs but also establish Newhaven as the port of choice for offshore renewable energy development in the future.
“This is a real boost for the economy of the town. The tide has turned for Newhaven in general and the port in particular.”
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm would be located 13km off the Sussex coast at its nearest point and could feature between 100 and 195 turbines depending on the model used.
Earlier this year the Seaford community was among residents across Sussex who were consulted on the proposals,which if given the go-ahead, could generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 450,000 homes.
Chris Tomlinson, E.ON development manager for the project, said, “We’re extremely pleased to be able to announce that we’ll be partnering with Newhaven Port if the Rampion project gets the go ahead.
“It’s an ideal location to support the wind farm due to its proximity and accessibility to site, and the amount of space available.”
Captain Francois Jean, port manager, Newhaven Port & Properties said it was ‘great news’ and the team was delighted to be chosen should the plans be backed, adding, “This decision will kick start our plans for the regeneration of Newhaven Port and begin a new era for our wider plans to create a hub of clean, green power generation.”
East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones and Lewes District Council leader James Page hailed the news as ‘a massive boost for Newhaven and the local economy.’
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