200 miles/hr wind swept through Tasiilaq, AK Greenland quickly organized 100 craftsmen to help repair.
On February 7th 1970 the East Coast town of Tasiilaq was hit by a Piteraq with winds of almost 200 miles/h damaging almost all houses. A Piteraq is a local weather phenomenon coming down from the mountains with strong winds.
Greenland Technical Organization, Nukissiorfiit of today asked Adserballe & Knudsen to come and rebuild the town because of their experience and ability to go in and take responsibility for a very complex job. In a very short time Adserballe & Knudsen made a plan for the reconstruction including the logistics. Materials and machines as well as food and supplies for 100 men were sent on the first ship from Denmark. The team of 100 masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and project managers were flown to Greenland as soon as the snow and ice had melted. They worked from June to October in 1970 and 1971 before the job was done.
The first job was to repair the buildings that weren’t totally destroyed and enforce all houses so they could withstand future hurricanes. Secondly to construct a new school and a community center as well as new homes for the people of Tasiilaq who had lost their home.
General Contractor: Adserballe & Knudsen A/S


Adserballe & Knudsen A/S


GTO, Nukissiorfiit


Direktør Niels Laursen, AK Greenland A/S

Project value:

10-15 Million Danish Crones

Work period:

June 1970-June 1972