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The aim of the event is to inform local businesses of the opportunities that may exist during the construction and operation of the project and will be taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 from 10.00am at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.


Rampion offshore wind farm meet the buyer event

Delegates attending the event will receive a form at the end of the day, which they can complete to assign their businesses to the relevant procurement packages so that E.ON’s Tier 1 suppliers are made aware of local suppliers of products and services.

The event is free to attend with a conference style programme in the morning expected to include the following presentations:

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Project Update – Chris Tomlinson, Rampion Development Manager, E.ON

* Rampion Supply Chain Steering Group – Background and objectives – Jonathan Williams, CEO, Marine South East

* Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction including timescales, scope and details of the processes for local companies to become involved – Vaughan Weighill, Rampion Project Manager, E.ON

* The ‘Contract Quilt’; an explanation of all the Tier 1 contract packages that make up the construction of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – Ian Baker, Onshore Electrical Package Manager and Naren Mistry Offshore Engineering Manager, E.ON

The event will break for a networking lunch where delegates will be able to meet other local businesses and key contacts and procurement staff from E.ON’s Rampion Project Team.

The afternoon will comprise four breakout sessions which will look in more detail at the core packages, to allow local companies a greater understanding of where they could fit into the supply chain, specifically:

* Turbines – including a presentation from a wind turbine supplier
* Offshore balance of plan (foundations, cables etc)
* Onshore infrastructure (substation, trenches, cabling etc)
* Operations and maintenance (vessels, monitoring, maintenance etc)

These breakout sessions will look at the core packages in more detail, offering further information on the sub-packages that are required to deliver the core packages and where local companies might fit into the supply chain. The breakout sessions will be more interactive with plenty of time for Q&A

At the end of the day delegates will receive a form from E.ON, which should be completed by delegates to highlight the products and services their businesses can supply and the key packages they could contribute to. These will subsequently be passed on to relevant Tier 1 Contractors, once appointed, to seek to maximize local involvement in the project.

The event is suitable for all businesses located in East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire who think they might be able to supply products and services to support the construction and/or operations and maintenance of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

The event is especially suitable for civil engineering companies, general engineering companies and marine businesses.

To register your free place at this event please go to:


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Posted by: In: Energy, R&D 08 Jan 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

Hales Water Turbines Ltd have a new Water Flow test and demonstration tank for generating tidal based electricity is built and fitted out in Hastings, East Sussex.  They are currently in the process of commissioning its operation and fitting the test equipment and are hoping for it to be up and running Jan/Feb 2014. The facility is at their Ivy House Lane premises in Hastings.


The new tidal flow test facility in Hastings will be open for testing and is attracting interest from all over the world.

Some units of their Venturi Duct Micro- sized Hales Turbines are also being built and they intend to have a unit installed within the test tank for demonstrations and also further development and improvements.

Their small prototype lift crane can take 250 Kg items and the test area is 1.5m wide and 1.2m deep, once they have commissioned it  they will have a set of flow rates.

Hales Energy intend to make the Test facility available to any primary tidal stream developers  that needs to get some early reading to their design without the red tape involved with most site locations or the  huge cost of the limited Tow Tank facilities elsewhere in the country.

People around the world are slowly starting to understand the potential of low velocity tidal stream flows, much of the interest seems to be coming from the Asia and Pacific regions and its great to see a local business attracting business attracting global interest.