Swedish power giant Vattenfall announced that it will invest more than €1 billion (about $1.4 billion U.S.) in the DanTysk project, a 280 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm to be located in North Sea waters between Germany and Denmark. Vattenfall has formed a joint venture with Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM; Munich, Germany) to develop the DanTysk facility, with Vattenfall holding a 51% interest in the venture and SKM holding 49%. Vattenfall will be responsible for the construction of the facility, which is scheduled to begin in 2012, and its operation once it comes on line in late 2013 or early 2014. Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany) has been awarded a contract to supply 80 of its SWT-3.6-120 turbines for installation at the DanTysk facility.
Separately, Vattenfall announced that it has scrapped a plan to extend the capacity of its Thanet and nearby Kentish Flats offshore wind farms by 147 MW. The company cited the lack of adequate grid connection capacity as the reason for its downscaled plans, which now encompass the addition of only 10 to 17 turbines to the Kentish Flats wind farm. Thanet is the world’s largest offshore wind farm built to date, with 100 turbines and a capacity of 300 MW.