13.04.2011 - Press Releases

Another milestone for the DanTysk offshore wind farm: contract signed with supplier for the farm's 80 foundations

Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) have reached another milestone in the construction of the DanTysk offshore wind farm. On 13 April a contract for the design, production and installation of the farm's 80 monopiles was signed with the Aarsleff Bilfinger Berger joint venture.

Initial work on the foundations of the DanTysk North Sea offshore wind farm will begin at the end of 2012. A total of 80 wind turbines will then be assembled on top of the foundation piles, otherwise known as monopiles. The Dutch-German joint venture Aarsleff Bilfinger Berger (ABJV) has entered into a contractual agreement to design, manufacture and install these foundations.

Georg Friedrichs, Head of Vattenfall's Offshore Wind Division, said: "By signing this contract for the construction of the turbine foundations, we've moved one major step closer to the realisation of the DanTysk wind farm project. We are delighted that, in the Aarsleff Bilfinger Berger joint venture, we have managed to procure yet another experienced and reliable supplier for this collaborative project. The bid, submitted as part of a European-wide call for tender, came top in terms of efficiency and technology. With this, we at Vattenfall, together with our partner Stadtwerke München, are making an active contribution to the growth of the wind energy sector in Germany and helping to reduce CO2 emissions."

A total of 70,000 tonnes of steel will be used to construct the steel tubes, which will be up to 63 metres in length. A foundation unit will have a diameter of up to six metres. Installation work on the foundations, which will be anchored into the North Sea floor at a depth of up to 32 metres, will begin at the end of 2012. The DanTysk wind farm will be located 69 kilometres west of the island of Sylt on the border between the economic zones of Denmark and Germany.

Construction of the wind farm will be planned and managed by the Hamburg-based company Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH. Besides DanTysk, Vattenfall is also planning and/or building further offshore wind farms in Europe. The experience gained from the construction of Germany's first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, will play a significant role in the creation of DanTysk.

For more information, please contact:

Vattenfall Europe AG
Lutz Wiese
Press Officer
Tel.: +49 30 – 81 82 23 32

Stadtwerke München GmbH
Bettina Hess
Press Officer
Tel: +49 89 – 2361 5042

About Vattenfall
Vattenfall is a leading European power company. Today Vattenfall provides electricity and heating to 7.5 million customers in Scandinavia and Central Europe and supplies gas to 2 million customers. As part of its future business strategy, Vattenfall aims to significantly reduce its CO2 emission levels in the coming years. The growth of renewable energy is a major component of this strategy, especially in the fields of biomass and wind energy.

Stadtwerke München
Stadtwerke München (SWM) is one of Germany's biggest energy providers and infrastructure companies. SWM plans to produce enough green energy using its own power facilities by 2025 to cover the entire energy needs for the city of Munich (roughly 7.5 billion kilowatt hours per year). Munich would then become the first city in the world with over 1 million inhabitants to have reached this target. Wind energy will play a crucial role in achieving this goal.

The DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm
The DanTysk wind farm is a joint venture project of Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%). Vattenfall is responsible for the construction and operation of the wind farm which will be located in the North Sea 69 kilometres west of the island of Sylt. The site's 80 wind turbines (Siemens 3.6 MW) will have a rotor diameter of 120 metres and a total capacity of 288 megawatts; they will produce enough energy to power up to 400,000 homes, based on Germany's average annual domestic energy consumption of 3,500 kilowatt hours per household. Over 1 billion euros has been invested in the wind farm project.