ALMOST half the 116 turbines of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm are now in place.

E.On has announced that progress on the scheme off the Sussex coast continues with two mighty jack-up vessels now working together to install the remaining turbine models to complete it.

The installation of turbines will carry on throughout the summer and is expected to continue until late in the year.

More than 100 vessels have been involved in the windfarm’s construction.

The commissioning of the turbines, to get them ready to start generating power, is due to begin in autumn.

Meanwhile the last of the 144 kilometres of array cables that will transmit the power generated by the wind turbines to the offshore substation have been laid.

Fine weather has meant the onshore cable installation has now progressed with just one last section of the 26km route to be pulled through the buried ducts. A high-voltage test of the cable was successfully undertaken in late June.

More than 12 tonnes of cable drums, delivery pallets and other wooden materials used during construction have been recycled through Brighton-based Community Wood Recycling.