Iberdrola awards €350m offshore foundation contract to Navantia-Windar consortium

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jun 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Spanish energy company Iberdrola, through its subsidiary Ailes Marines, has awarded €350m worth contract to construct 62 offshore foundation jackets for Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, to Navantia-Windarconsortium.

To be located off the coast of Brittany, the 484MW is expected to generate enough clean energy to fulfill the needs of nearly one million people. The wind farm will cover an area of nearly 78km² and is scheduled to come online in 2023.

As part of the contract, fabrication of the jackets will take place at Navantia’s Fene facilities and the piling at Windar’s Avilés site. The final assembly of all the components will take place at the Galician shipyard facilities.

The contract is expected to further strengthen the relationship between Navantia-Windar and Iberdrola, spanning over six years with a contract worth nearly €1bn. Navantia and Windar had earlier worked on offshore wind farms such as Wikinger wind farm and East Anglia One.

Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán said: “We are showing that the green economy is a major source of industrialisation and sustainable, quality jobs, now that revitalizing the activity is more important than ever.

“It confirms Europe as a great common project for the benefit of all. A Europe united and strong, where companies can make very relevant contributions to infrastructures like Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm.”

The contract between Iberdrola and Navantia-Windaris expected to create nearly 2,000 direct jobs. Of these, nearly 1,000 jobs will be Galicia and Asturias and the remaining 1,100 will be across several companies in France, specifically, new fabrication facilities around the ports of Brest, Le Havre and the future marshalling port which is yet to be announced.

The fabrication contract also has a new feature, where the consortium companies will open a plant in Brest, to produce the stabbings, lower joints and truss structures for 34 of the 62 jackets.

In addition to the 2,000 jobs, several thousand indirect jobs could be created by local contractors both in Spain and France.

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Navantia chairman, Susana de Sarriá (left), Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán (middle) and Windar chairman, Orlando Alonso (right) signing the contract. (Credit: berdrola, S.A.)

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