Iberdrola awards Navantia-Windar the largest marine wind contract in its history worth €350 Mi
The agreement includes the manufacture of the jackets by Navantia at its facilities in Fene and the pilings by Windar at its headquarters in Avilés.
Iberdrola, through its subsidiary Ailes Marines, has awarded the joint venture Navantia-Windar the construction of 62 jackets - platforms that support offshore wind turbines - and the piles needed for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, which the energy company is developing in the waters of French Brittany.
The contract, whose total amount rise to 350 million euros, represents the largest in Navantia-Windar's history in the offshore wind sector and has been signed at the Navantia shipyard in Fene (A Coruña) by the President of Iberdrola , Ignacio Galán, and the President of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá and the President of Windar, Orlando Alonso, in the presence of Xunta de Galicia President, Alberto Núñez Feijóo and the Government delegate in Galicia, Javier Losada. The agreement includes the manufacture of the jackets by Navantia at its facilities in Fene and the piles by Windar at its headquarters in Avilés. The final assembly of all subsets will be carried out in the facilities of the Galician shipyards.
In this way, as the Chairman of Iberdrola recalled, Navantia-Windar's capacity to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a future market such as offshore wind power is consolidated, where Iberdrola is advancing towards global leadership.
In this sense, Ignacio Galán has pointed out that, with this contract, in addition to advancing in clean energy such as offshore wind, “we demonstrate that green economy is a great pole of industrialization and sustainable and quality employment, now that the revitalization activity is more important than ever. " Furthermore, added Galán, “Europe is confirmed as a great common project for the benefit of all. A united and solid Europe, in which Galician, Asturian and Basque companies can make very important contributions to infrastructures such as this Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm”.
Navantia’s President, Susana de Sarriá, has highlighted the numerous challenges of this highly dynamic sector, which continues to grow and open new perspectives, and in which Navantia and Windar hope to continue accompanying Iberdrola offering the best service and promoting industrialization in the areas where we are established.
The contract signed between Iberdrola and Navantia-Windar will directly employ over 2,000 professionals. Almost 1,000 of these jobs go to Galicia and Asturias, and more than 1,100 to France (specifically, to the port of Brest, Le Havre and Saint-Quay-Portrieux). A novelty of this contract is that Navantia-Windar will open a plant in Brest, where stabbings, lower knots, and the lattice structure for 34 of the park's 62 jackets will be manufactured.
Several thousand jobs will be added to these 2,000 direct jobs, generated in local contractors, both in Spain and in France.
This new agreement therefore has a strong European character, since it unites the experience and knowledge of Spanish and French professionals and endorses the path of green recovery and sustainable growth marked by the European Union.
Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm
Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm will have a capacity of around 500 MW and will be able to generate enough clean energy to satisfy electricity consumption of nearly a million people. Located in the French Brittany waters, in an area of around 78 km2, the facility plans to start operations in 2023. To do this, Iberdrola will invest 2,400 million euros. This new installation shows Iberdrola's commitment to French market, in which the company plans to invest up to 4,000 million euros in the next four years.
Projects such as that of Saint-Brieuc prove the commitment to a green recovery, which accelerates the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy, is an engine of prosperity and sustainable growth.