Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables celebrate the success of the offshore wind jackets project for Iberdrola’s ‘Saint Brieuc’ farm

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  • The foundations that will complete the project are departing from the Fene shipyard.
  • The jackets manufacture for the wind farm has created more than 2,000 jobs in Spain and France.
  • The alliance between Iberdrola and Navantia Seanergies-Windar continues with the production of 45 XXL monopiles for the offshore wind in Fene.

Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables have held this Monday at Navantia’s facilities in Fene (A Coruña) together with Iberdrola, a working event on the occasion of the shipment of three jackets that represent the culmination of the ‘Saint Brieuc’ project. The strategic business alliance has built 62 units, most of which are already installed in this park in Brittany, France.

The order, which has created direct jobs for 2,000 people in Galicia, Asturias and Brittany, is a significant milestone in the collaboration between Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables, confirming its capacity to become a global supplier for offshore wind energy.

At the time, it was the largest offshore wind contract for the alliance between the two companies. This project has contributed to consolidate the specialization of the Fene shipyard, thus ensuring its activity in the future, and boosting local employment, with a focus on highly demanded specialised profiles in the emerging green energy sector.

It has also demonstrated the tractor effect of Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables with the development of supply chains focused on offshore wind energy both in Spain and in the countries of destination of the foundations.

The Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, located in Brittany waters, France, will have a capacity of around 500 MW when completed and will be able to generate enough clean energy to meet the electricity consumption of around one million people from next year.

In April 2021, the assembly of the first jacket – weighing 1,150 tonnes, 75 metres high and 25 metres wide – was completed at the Navantia Seanergies shipyard in Fene, and just over a year later, in June 2022, the first four were shipped to the wind farm. From that date until today, 16 shipments have been made.

“Today we celebrate the fact that Navantia and Windar have responded with a very high level to the trust that Iberdrola placed in us, entrusting us with what was at the time our largest offshore wind contract. The success of this project has allowed us to grow in this market and to demonstrate, due to its large scale, local content and industrial collaboration, that we are in a position to be a global supplier for Europe, North America and Asia Pacific,” said Javier Herrador.

“The execution of the Saint-Brieuc order is a representative example of what has made us a benchmark in the sector: the quality of our products and production processes, and the ability to respond to major challenges. This has been possible, and continues to be possible, thanks to the passion that all our employees put into overcoming every challenge. This dedication has positioned us as an important player in the energy transition, a change that seeks the best legacy for future generations: a world that respects the environment,” said Windar Renovables’ CEO, Justo Acedo.

“We would like to thank all the Navantia-Windar employees who have worked for Saint-Brieuc, for having successfully faced the technological challenge of building foundations of this calibre (in terms of weight and dimensions), a challenge that has continued during the installation in really complicated metocean and soil conditions,” said Javier García Pérez, Iberdrola’s European offshore wind director.

“Galician industry today is an example of sustainable and industrial job creation linked to the ecological transition and renewable energies, thanks to the transformation and diversification of the Ría into sectors of the future. As world leaders in offshore wind, at Iberdrola we are proud that Spanish high technology and innovation accompany us in our projects. It is an honour to carry the name of the Galician business fabric and local industry around the world”, added García Pérez.

In addition to this project, the alliance already has an order for 45 XXL monopiles contracted by Iberdrola for its East Anglia 3 offshore wind farm, signed in April 2023, which will involve 900,000 hours of work and generate 450 jobs in the region.