21.10.2010 - Press Releases

Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München set to build DanTysk offshore wind farm 70 kilometres off Sylt

In 2012 Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) are due to start construction work on the DanTysk offshore wind farm which will be located in the North Sea roughly 70 kilometres west of the island of Sylt. Vattenfall's board of directors in Stockholm has now given the final green light to invest in the construction of the DanTysk wind farm. Vattenfall and SWM have founded the DanTysk Offshore Wind GmbH joint venture for the realisation of this project, with Vattenfall taking a 51 percent stake and SWM 49 percent. Vattenfall will be responsible for the construction and operation of the wind farm. With a capacity of 288 megawatts (MW), this wind farm will be able to produce enough clean North Sea energy to supply up to 400,000 homes. The total investment in the project amounts to over one billion euros.

The construction of the DanTysk wind farm will involve the installation of 80 wind turbines over an area of approximately 70 square kilometres in water depths of up to 30 metres. The project has been approved by all the relevant authorities and preparation work is in full swing. The 3.6 MW offshore turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 120 metres, will be delivered by Siemens. Contracts for other services, such as foundation construction and cabling, are currently being negotiated. According to the current project timeline, the first turbines are scheduled to be commissioned in 2013, with the entire wind farm expected to be completed by winter 2013/2014.

Tuomo Hatakka, C.E.O of Vattenfall Europe said: "We are delighted that we will now be implementing the DanTysk project together with Stadtwerke München as a major partner and we are extremely confident about the success this partnership will have. Wind energy is a key part of our strategy to reduce our CO2 emissions over the coming years and to gradually work towards producing 100% climate-neutral energy by the year 2050. We have already made a substantial contribution to the expansion of Europe's offshore wind industry and are the second largest producer of wind energy in the world. At the end of September we opened what is currently the largest offshore wind farm in the world – the 300 MW Thanet wind farm in England. The DanTysk wind farm is further proof of our commitment to expanding the sector in Germany, a mission that was successfully launched with our partners through the construction of Germany's first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus. Building this kind of power facility at open sea carries high risk and high investment costs, especially in an area such as the German North Sea with its tough environmental conditions. To do this, we require the unremitting support of the German government, who have defined the expansion of the offshore wind energy sector as crucial to reaching the climate targets set out within its energy strategy. This is very important, especially for Germany's first commercial offshore projects."

Dr. Kurt Mühlhäuser, Chairman of SWM's Executive Board said: "There are two reasons why DanTysk is important to SWM. One is that this is a very promising project that we are implementing together with Vattenfall. The other is that this wind farm represents a milestone in our renewable energy development initiative. DanTysk marks the completion of our first expansion goal – far ahead of our original 2015 target. If we combine this farm with other projects which are currently underway or already completed, such as the Gwynt y Môr and Global Tech I offshore wind farms, we will be able to produce approximately 2.4 billion kilowatt hours of green energy through our own generation plants. This output will allow us to supply electricity to 800,000 of Munich's homes and even make it possible to cover the energy needs of the city's underground and tram systems as well. We will continue down this road in our ongoing mission to reach an even more ambitious target: by the year 2025 we aim to 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.“  

For more information, please contact:

Vattenfall Europe AG
Stefan Müller
Head of External Communication
Tel.: +49/30/81 82 23 20

Stadtwerke München GmbH
Bettina Hess
Press Officer
Tel: +49/89/23 61 50 42