The Navantia Seanergies – Windar Renovables business alliance receives the Iberdrola award for economic recovery and job creation.

  • Navantia-Windar the only Spanish companies awarded.
  • This is the international edition of the Global Supplier of the Year Awards.

The Navantia Seanergies-Windar Renovables business alliance has received this Thursday in Madrid the “Economic Recovery and Job Creation” Award, granted by Iberdrola in the framework of the annual “Global Supplier of the Year Awards” gala. The award is in recognition of the conversion of the Fene shipyard thanks to the collaboration with Iberdrola and the creation of approximately 400 new jobs.

Ricardo Domínguez, president of Navantia; and Orlando Alonso, president of Windar Renovables received the award from Mario Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of Iberdrola Spain, for a project that, after years of work, has meant the beginning of the evolution of the Navantia Seanergies shipyard in Fene with a series of works that have contributed to adapt it to the demand for offshore wind elements, being able to build in its facilities the three types of foundations, jackets, monopiles and floating.

Both companies have been awarded in other editions, Navantia received the award for “Best global equipment supplier in 2016” while Windar was recognised in the category of employment generation in the “Premios proveedores España 2019”.

Ricardo Domínguez expressed his gratitude for this award, which he received “with particular enthusiasm as it is a recognition of the generation of employment, wealth and qualifications in Ferrolterra”, because, as he explained, “we base Navantia Seanergies’ business strategy on collaboration with the entire value chain of the green energy sector in the marine environment, creating shared value, promoting the growth of the industrial fabric that surrounds the company”. Finally, he acknowledged that “Iberdrola’s trust in Navantia has played a very significant role in the growth of our company in the sustainable energy sector”.

For his part, Orlando Alonso thanked the commitment of the more than 1,500 workers at Windar Renovables for making the company’s growth possible, and Iberdrola for the trust placed in the Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables teams for the development of orders around the world. “In the nine years of our relationship, I am convinced that we have been able to appreciate what has made us a benchmark in this sector: the quality of our products and production processes, together with our ability to respond to major challenges”, he said.

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola, stated that “these awards are not only about economic efficiency or agility in operations, but also about contributing to a greener, fairer and more sustainable economic model that generates opportunities for all. We are a company with values that wants companies that share our vision by its side” and he encouraged all those present at the event, whom he described as “allies for green industrialisation”, to continue growing alongside the company, generating tangible value all over the world. “We are only at the beginning of a true revolution that must guarantee energy autonomy and decarbonisation”, he assured.

The new XXL monopile factory is now completed with its two production lines in operation. It is a modern facility in which 36 million euros have been invested by Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables. The works began with the refurbishment and extension of the old flat block workshop by more than 30 metres, and its implementation with the necessary machinery for the bending and welding of sheets up to 100 mm thick and 12 metres in diameter.

This and other interventions have meant a change in the physiognomy of the Fene shipyard as well as the confirmation of the commitment of Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables to be a reliable and global supplier of offshore wind energy as well as a focus of economic and industrial growth for the region.

Iberdrola has placed its first order for monopiles with the Navantia Seanergies-Windar Renovables alliance, specifically 45 units for its East Anglia 3 offshore wind farm. The consortium has also built jackets (fixed foundations) for Iberdrola for its East Anglia 1, Wikinger and Saint Brieuc offshore wind farms and individually, numerous transition pieces (Windar Renovables) and offshore electrical substations (Navantia Seanergies) for different European and American wind farms.