LM Wind Power Blades (Kolding, Denmark) announced on Nov. 29 that it will deliver its 61.5m/202-ft blades for 48 REpower 6M type wind turbines that will be installed as part of phase II and III of the Thornton Bank Offshore Wind Farm. The 144 LM 61.5P2 blades will be supplied from LM Wind Power's facility in Lunderskov, Denmark.
Thornton Bank is located 28 km/17.4 miles off the Belgian coast in waters between 12m and 27m (39.4 to 88.6 ft) deep and currently comprises six REpower 5M type wind turbines with a rated power of 5 MW each. It was officially put into operation at the end of June 2009. In the first half-year of operation, it achieved a technical availability rate of 94 percent; in the second, this increased to 97 percent.
Ian Telford, LM Wind Power's VP sales and marketing, commented: "We are happy to expand our collaboration with REpower Systems within the offshore wind market and support REpower's strong focus on innovative wind solutions. The LM 61.5P2 currently is the world's longest blade in serial production and with this agreement we cement our leading position within the large blade types. Furthermore, this contract increases our long-term visibility in North Europe and secures our commitment to the local area."
With phases II and III the Thornton Bank project represents the biggest ever project financing in the offshore wind industry as measured by the total investment volume of €1.3 billion.