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Wind sector eager to advance in the regulatory framework and concrete planning after releasing public opinion

Navalia Executive Committee hold a business meeting prior to its conference with a full house where representatives of Wind Business Association, Iberdrola and Navantia Seanergies have participated

Navalia organizers are holding a business meeting this morning focused on offshore wind in a key week for the sector, since this Monday the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge Ministry announced the public consultation of the “Royal ordinance draft which rules the production of electrical energy in offshore facilities.”

The meeting includes the participation of Juan Virgilio, general director of the Wind Business Association; Francisco Silva, Iberdrola delegate in Galicia, and Abel Méndez, Commercial and Business Development Director of Navantia Seanergies. And all of them have agreed to point out this new step represents progress in the regulatory framework and concrete planning, which they expect will not take too long, so that the wind farms could be operational in the year 2030.

On a packed room, the President of Navalia, José García Costas, was in charge of opening this new meeting, highlighting the opportunities that offshore wind offers to the maritime sector, from innovation, project generation or job creation. In this sense, he has referred to the significant advantages of floating offshore wind in terms of location flexibility, use of resources and reduction of environmental impact "although, precisely, this last aspect is one of the most compromised within the framework of the social debate” he pointed out.

The President of Navalia has defended the need to continue discussing such crucial issues including the construction of a more sustainable and equitable world for new generations and has announced as an objective for the tenth edition, whose organizers “will work for NAVALIA 2026 to have a pavilion dedicated to offshore wind farming.”

During his speech, Juan Virgilio, general director of the Wind Business Association (AEE), has placed Spain as one of the world leaders in relation to offshore wind since our country has 75% of the entire value chain of offshore wind technology, as well as key infrastructure (shipbuilding and port logistics), talent and experience within the wind sector.

Virgilio has pointed out that the evolution of offshore wind energy in Spain “is not only an obvious opportunity, but also a prevailing need.” Along these lines, he has highlighted floating offshore wind energy can play a relevant role in the coming years with respect to our commitment as a country to the transition towards more competitive, cleaner, and sustainable energy sources.

Finally, the director of AEE has focused on one of the most important challenges for the sector: social acceptance. “Offshore wind energy is a clean energy source and essential to fight climate change, but for its growth to be sustainable, it is essential that it obtains the support of society, communicating effectively, involving local communities and addressing legitimate concerns in relation to the environment”, he highlighted.

For his side, Francisco Silva, Iberdrola delegate in Galicia, has highlighted the great wind resource of our autonomous community, although "the metocean conditions are harsh, which makes projects more complex due to accessibility to the sea in the construction phase as of PEM”. Mr Silva has also highlighted the attractiveness of this type of projects for all countries due to the high generation of industry and employment they imply. Finally, the Iberdrola delegate in Galicia pointed out that “we must take into account different countries are entering into competition with the aim of strengthening their supply chains, so it is essential to make investments attractive.”

Finally, Abel Méndez, Commercial and Business Development Director of Navantia Seanergies, has focused on the end of decade forecasts, appointing to frenetic activity in the offshore construction sector in Europe and an unprecedented opportunity for quality and stable employment. In this sense, and to take advantage of these opportunities, "it is essential to train professionals and companies willing to invest and diversify, and to coordinate them to articulate a supply chain more similar to the automotive industry rather than shipbuilding, which allows us to meet the needs in Spain and the rest of Europe,” he said.