Bombs away at Rampion
Two controlled explosions planned this week to clear UXO
Eon plans to safely dispose of two unexploded devices this week on the cable route of the 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the UK’s Sussex coast.
The company said following consultation with the Marine Management Organisation two controlled explosions will take place between Tuesday and Thursday during daylight hours, subject to logistics and weather conditions.
The time of the explosions will be confirmed on the day via a Notice to Mariners, Eon said.
“Commercial and recreational sea users have been informed of the controlled explosion and the 2km radius safety exclusion zone that will be monitored during the event,” it added.
The two devices, which are thought to date from WWII, were discovered in March during unexploded ordnance (UXO) surveys, the company said.
The UXO were detected on the seabed, 3km off Lancing Beach at a water depth of 13 metres.
Eon development manager for the Rampion offshore wind farm Chris Tomlinson said: “Since the discovery we’ve been working with experts to determine the best course of action to clear the site and a routine controlled explosion is now due to take place this coming week.”
Rampion is being developed by Eon, the UK Green Investment Bank and Canadian energy company Enbridge.
It is due to be completed in 2018.
Image: view of what Rampion will look like from the coast (Volkerwessels)