The proposed Rampion Wind Farm is without doubt a massive and exciting project and of particular interest to all Nsure staff as the vast array of offshore wind turbines will be quite visible from the windows of the Nsure office in Worthing, should it be built.


So, on Wednesday 26th February David Elliot-Rose and Dave Cole attended a Rampion Offshore Wind Farm 'Meet the Buyer' event at the Amex Stadium, Brighton, hosted by the developers, E.ON. The main aim of this event was to inform local businesses of potential opportunities that could arise from the construction and operation of the wind farm project, assuming it receives consent later in 2014. The grand setting of Brighton’s football club stadium hosted some 250 – 300 persons with a conference style programme in the morning, followed by interactive breakout focus group sessions in the afternoon.The first morning session provided a project update and supply chain support, introduced by Chris Tomlinson, Rampion Development Manager.


This session then included an introduction to the supply chain steering group and associated studies, a Rampion project update, with a report on the way forward to construction and operation, followed by comments on supporting supply chain development. The presentation continued with an item relating to business growth grants and then a specific item for grants and loans for East Sussex businesses.

After a break, the morning continued with overviews of supply chain contract packages, then offshore work packages, then followed by an absorbing presentation and video from Vestas (turbine manufacturer) regarding their history and worldwide operations. The morning concluded with an overview of onshore work packages and operations and maintenance needs for when the project is completed.


A  networking lunch and exhibition had been prepared with the opportunity to meet other local businesses, and project and procurement staff from E.ON's Rampion Project Team.


This was a fascinating and rewarding presentation which included speakers from E.ON, Vestas, Marine South East, Grant Thornton, Coast2Capital and Locate East Sussex.