A joint venture for the DanTysk wind farm
Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München intend to collectively build an offshore wind farm in the North Sea
Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) have signed a declaration of intent to form a joint venture for the construction of an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The two partners aim to develop the DanTysk offshore project, a facility which will be built 70 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, and to work towards its realisation. It is planned that Vattenfall will hold 51% of the shares of the joint company and Stadtwerke München will hold 49%.
The DanTysk wind farm will involve the installation of 80 wind turbines over an area covering approximately 70 square kilometres in water depths of up to 30 metres. Technical preparation work for the construction and operation of the wind farm is already at an advanced stage. Contract negotiations with potential suppliers, especially for the supply of turbines, should be completed by autumn of this year. Calls for tender and negotiations for foundation construction and cabling are ongoing. According to the construction schedule, the first turbines are due to be commissioned by 2013. Depending on the layout, the wind farm will be able to supply at least 400,000 homes (based on a usage level of 2,500 kWh/year) with green energy generated from the North Sea winds.
The final investment decision should be reached by autumn 2010. Before then it will be necessary to ascertain whether this project, which is due to be built a considerable distance from the coast, will be commercially feasible. Furthermore, grid access has to be secured in time and will be provided by the grid operator as part of the joint connection of the Sylt cluster.
Tuomo Hatakka, Vattenfall Europe's C.E.O, said: "We are looking forward to successfully realising our DanTysk project with Stadtwerke München. This collaboration is a sign of things to come, not only for us but for the offshore industry as well. Without wind energy it would be impossible for us to reach our ambitious goal of producing climate-neutral energy by the year 2050. That is why we are vigorously investing in offshore wind energy throughout Europe. In England we've just installed the 100th, and thus last, wind turbine in our 300 MW offshore wind farm 'Thanet'. Once commissioned in autumn, it will be the world's largest offshore wind farm to date. We are also looking to expand our German-based projects; after completion of the Alpha Ventus test field, DanTysk will form the next major milestone for Vattenfall. However, it remains crucial that the government continues to support this young offshore sector. We must work together to overcome the challenges and risks posed by the rapid expansion of offshore energy production."
Dr. Kurt Mühlhäuser, Head of the SWM Executive Board, said: "Our joint project with Vattenfall is of great importance to both us and the city of Munich. Once the DanTysk wind farm has been completed, we will have reached the first milestone of our renewable energy development initiative – much earlier than our original 2015 target. Our energy share of the planned wind farm will equal the energy needs of at least 250,000 of Munich's households. When combined with previously initiated or implemented projects, such as our Gwynt y Môr and Global Tech I offshore farms, this will enable us to supply all of Munich's roughly 800,000 homes with renewable electricity generated through our own plants, as well as meet the electrical needs of the city's underground and tram system. In total, we will produce around 2.4 billion kilowatt hours per year. Based on this success, I'm more confident than ever that we will also meet our remaining goal; by 2025 SWM will turn Munich into the world's first city with over one million inhabitants to have all its energy needs covered by green energy from the city's own generation plants. In order to achieve this, we need strong, reliable partners, such as Vattenfall."
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Vattenfall is one of Europe's leading energy companies. Its main products are electricity and heating. Today Vattenfall works to produce electricity and heating, as well as supply energy, to millions of customers in Scandinavia and in other parts of northern Europe.
Vattenfall Wind Power
Vattenfall Wind Power employs just under 300 employees and mainly operates in Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland with over 700 functioning on and offshore wind turbines. Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH was founded in 2009 at Vattenfall's Hamburg office, as part of a European-wide competence network, to promote the development and construction of wind farms in Germany and Poland. Vattenfall is one of the largest and oldest offshore wind farm operators in the world. At present, the company's installed offshore facilities generate a total output of 686 MW, making Vattenfall one of the world's largest producers of offshore wind energy. Vattenfall is currently investing around 2 billion euros in the construction of eight wind farms in six European countries in order to double the level of electricity produced through wind energy by the year 2011 to 4 TWh. As well as the German DanTysk project, other offshore wind farms are also being planned off the British coast. In 2015 Vattenfall and Scottish Power Renewables are planning to start development work on the recently purchased offshore wind site East Anglia Array, a site just off the east coast of England and north of the Kentish Flats and Thanet wind farms. It will have a total output capacity of approximately 7,200 megawatts and, if fully expanded, should be able to provide wind-generated electricity for four million homes.
Stadtwerke München (SWM)
Stadtwerke München (SWM) is one of Germany's biggest power and infrastructure companies. Each day over one million private households and businesses customers make use of SWM's services. For decades, SWM has strived to provide the Bavarian capital with safe and eco-friendly energy (electricity, gas, district heating). It has set the standard for other local authorities, most notably with its SWM renewable energy development initiative and its initiative for eco-friendly district heating. Furthermore, SWM provides the city of Munich and its over 1 million inhabitants with fresh drinking water sourced directly from the foothills of the Bavarian Alps (one of Europe's best sources) and, with 18 indoor and open air swimming pools, provides some of Germany's most modern swimming facilities. Its transport subsidiary, MVG, is responsible for Munich's underground, bus and tram network, making it a core element of the city's short-distance public transport system. The SWM Group employs around 7,500 people. In the 2009 business year the group produced a turnover of roughly 4.9 billion euros.