The “Sandbank” offshore wind farm goes into operation Sunday (July 23, 2017) around 90 kilometres west of Sylt and will generate 288 MW for around 400,000 households. The wind farm is the second undertaken jointly by Vattenfall, which is a member of the Clusters Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg (EEHH), and Stadtwerke München. Vattenfall has a 51 per cent share while Munich holds 49 per cent. More than 85 people from 17 countries have developed the project from their location in Hamburg indicating the city’s growing importance as a wind energy sector.
“The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is a global competence centre for offshore wind energy. We are delighted that Vattenfall, Siemens Gamesa renewable energy, 8.2 Consulting, TÜV NORD, DNV GL and other companies in our network are undertaking joint, pioneering, offshore wind energy projects,” said Jan Rispens, Managing Director of EEHH.
52,000 tons of steel
The 8.2 Consulting AG was responsible for monitoring production and quality assurance, which can save enormous additional costs later. TÜV SÜD was responsible for certifying the wind farm. Vattenfall has installed 72 wind farms, which are anchored at water depths between 24 and 33 metres on a 60 square kilometre area, and used 52,000 tons of steel in the process. The wind farms will start operating gradually.
Special living quarters
Vattenfall has also invested around EUR 100 million on a six-storey residential platform to accommodate 50 employees at Sandbank and the neighbouring DanTysk wind farm. The platform includes offices, living quarters, canteens, gyms, a cinema and hospital and has been built for staff, who work in shifts, to ensure that wind farm runs smoothly at all times.
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