New factory for long blades

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Denmark's LM Glasfiber has inaugurated a new factory for wind turbine rotor blade production in Goleniow, Poland -- the company's fourth facility in northern Europe and fourteenth worldwide. The Polish factory, in development since 2005, is to produce blades for multi-megawatt turbines for use both onshore and offshore. "This currently means blades of up to 61.5 metres for rotor diameter of 126 metres, but production of longer blades is possible," says the company's Steen Broust Nielsen. With around 380 employees and capacity to produce blades for turbines totalling 750 MW a year, the factory will supply projects in north, central and eastern Europe. The location for the factory was chosen for its logistical advantages. Goleniow, in north-west Poland, lies about 50 kilometres from the German border and a 30 minute drive from Stettin, one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea. A nearby airport is also being expanded and the area has good road and rail connections. "One way of improving competitiveness is to produce blades in places that will minimise the transportation cost to the project site," says Broust Nielsen.

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