Vestas is building a DEM 100 million blade production facility at Lauchhammer in east German state of Brandenburg. The location is close to Germany's largest wind station -- at Klettwitz in a former lignite mining area. Comprising 38 Vestas V66 1.65 MW turbines, the 63 MW plant came on-line in December 1999. The 31,000 square metre facility will produce 39 metre blades for the 2 MW V80, Vestas largest and newest product, according to the Husum-based German subsidiary of the Danish company. "From mid 2002, the factory will employ about 300 and produce around 300 sets of blades annually," Vestas Deutschland says. Lauchhammer is described by the company as an "optimal location" for wind activities in central Europe. Vestas installed 637 wind turbines (821 MW) in Germany during the first half of 2001, securing it a market share of 14.1%, according to German wind energy association figures.