European blade maker expands North American operations

LM Glasfiber (Lunderskov, Denmark) continues to expand its North American operations, both in Grand Forks, N. D. and Gaspé, Quebec, Canada, on the strength of new contracts with Gamesa Eolica in Spain and GE Energy (Atlanta, Ga.

LM Glasfiber (Lunderskov, Denmark) continues to expand its North American operations, both in Grand Forks, N.D. and Gaspé, Quebec, Canada, on the strength of new contracts with Gamesa Eolica in Spain and GE Energy (Atlanta, Ga.). The Grand Forks facility will expand by more than 50 percent to supply blades for Gamesa’s G87 turbine. An empty warehouse adjacent to LM’s existing location has been taken over to accommodate the production equipment, according to Blake Seas, LM’s North American general manager. Meanwhile, the company’s Quebec plant is producing blades for GE Energy, whose customer, Hydro Quebéc, is building 1,000 MW of wind capacity in the region. Together the facilities can produce enough blades each year for 1,200 MW worth of turbines, says Seas.

LM announced on Dec. 4, 2006 that it also is proceeding with plans to build a third Spanish blade factory in the Valencia region. When operational in mid-2007, the factory will supply blades to Acciona Windpower (Madrid, Spain) for projects that support the region’s ambitious 2,300 MW wind plan, tailored to generate 5,750 GW of electric power per year by 2010 (equivalent to that used annually by 1.6 million Valencian households).