Navantia and Windar Renovables have signed a collaboration agreement with the UK shipyard Harland & Wolff (H&W) to jointly develop projects for the construction of structures for offshore wind farms, mainly in this country.
With this agreement, the companies strengthen their position in the UK offshore wind energy market – the second largest in the world after China – and especially in the face of the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution launched by the British Government.
The collaboration will allow combining the experience and technology of Navantia and Windar in the construction of fixed and floating foundations with the productive capacity of Harland & Wolff, the shipyard with the largest industrial area in the United Kingdom, for future offshore wind energy competitions in this country. The floating wind market in the UK and in Europe as a whole is going to require a speed of production and delivery of foundations that a single manufacturer cannot achieve. Thus, this alliance will allow Navantia-Windar and H&W to contract larger packages and become a leading manufacturer in Europe.
In addition, with this agreement Navantia reinforces its collaboration with H&W. This company has formed with Navantia and the British group BMT the Team Resolute consortium, which has been selected by the British Ministry of Defense as one of the four finalists for the program for the construction of three supply ships in the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) program. ).
The agreement on offshore wind power was announced during the Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) fair that takes place on 15 and 16 September in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Navantia participates for the first time in this fair in order to strengthen its position in the British market and increase its local supply chain.
For the CEO of H&W, John Wood, “with this strategic partnership the capacity and competitiveness of the offers is strengthened, with multiple spaces that will reduce the risk related to the deadlines, will provide more innovation and efficiency and will improve the obtaining of benefits”. “We are looking forward to working with these companies as we move rapidly through the market,” he added.
“The decision to form an alliance between Harland & Wolff and Navantia in the field of offshore wind energy comes after two years of continuous collaboration in projects in the defense sector, which has allowed the consolidation of a relationship of trust that now extends to other areas of activity of both companies. The incorporation of Harland & Wolff into the Navantia-Windar association provides the offshore industry with an industrial area of approximately five million square meters and an unprecedented capacity to tackle offshore wind projects, with a special interest in floating solutions that require large mounting spaces. and storage ”, declared the president of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez.
Orlando Alonso, CEO of Windar Renovables, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with two shipyards with such a long tradition as Harland & Wolff and Navantia, and to contribute to writing a new page in the marine energy sector. Offshore wind energy is undergoing an expansion process that will accelerate in the coming years and we want to play a key role in this journey ”.
A consolidated alliance
Navantia and Windar have collaborated since 2015 in the construction of foundations for wind energy and have already manufactured more than one hundred ‘jackets’ (fixed foundations) for different clients. Currently, a total of 62 jackets are being built at the Navantia shipyard in Fene (A Coruña) for an Iberdrola offshore park in Saint Brieuc, in Brittany, and have completed five floating structures for the Kincardine park, in Scotland in the Navantia Fene and Navantia Puerto Real shipyards. As part of their commitment to grow in this sector, both companies have announced an investment of 36 million euros for a new XXL monopile factory in Fene.