SWM inaugurates new 288MW Sandbank windfarm in Germany


Vattenfall & Stadtwerke München (SWM) has commissioned the 288MW Sandbank windfarm, which is situated 90km west of the island of Sylt near Germany.

Equipped with 72 turbines, the facility will provide enough renewable power to supply 400,000 households.

Developed with an investment of €1.2bn, the Sandbank windfarm will help reduce more than 700,000t of emissions annually.

Generated power will be transmitted to the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station SylWin alpha via an alternating current (AC) transmission link.

"It brings us a great step closer to our goal of 100% green electricity for Munich by 2025."

Vattenfall senior vice-president Gunnar Groebler said: “I think the start of Sandbank is a further proof to Vattenfall´s strategy of continuing to push the transformation of our production portfolio towards renewable energies.”

The Sandbank windfarm project was implemented by Sandbank Offshore, which is jointly owned by Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%).

SWM CEO Dr Florian Bieberbach said: "Sandbank is another major project of our Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign.

“It brings us a great step closer to our goal of 100% green electricity for Munich by 2025.”

With the Sandbank project, both Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München have been able to achieve a combined portfolio of 576MW of installed capacity.