Harland & Wolff, Navantia and Windar form collaboration agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/09/2021 Harland & Wolff
Harland & Wolff, owned by Infrastrata, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Navantia and Windar Renovables to target specific fixed and floating offshore wind projects primarily within the UK. Under the agreement, the three parties aims to actively secure wind farm development projects and execute them together.

UK energy company InfraStrata PLC acquired Harland and Wolff back in October 2019. It operates four yards Methil, Belfast, Arnish and Appledore. The four sites offer a combined footprint of over 334.6 hectacres, with well over 72,000m² of undercover fabrication capacity.

Navantia and Windar Renovables have been working in partnership since 2015. Since then, they have collaborated in the execution of seven offshore wind projects. Both companies are currently investing in a new XXL monopile facility in Spain. The two companies are currently fabricating and assembling 62 jackets for Iberdrola’s St Brieuc offshore wind farm after having recently completed five floating hull foundations for the Scottish based, Kincardine Floating Offshore wind farm.

John Wood, InfraStrata CEO commented: “Through this strategic partnership, we will be able to strengthen the scale and footprint of a combined multi-site offering which will de-risk customer schedules, drive more innovation and efficiency and enable projects to be monetised quicker. We now look forward to working with both organisations as we rapidly advance within the market.”

Ricardo Domínguez, Chairman of Navantia commented: “The decision to form an alliance between Harland & Wolff and Navantia in the field of offshore wind comes after two years of continuous collaboration on projects in the defence sector, which has enabled the consolidation of a relationship of trust that now extends to other areas of activity of both companies. The addition of Harland & Wolff to the Navantia-Windar partnership provides the offshore industry with an industrial surface area of approximately five million square metres and an unprecedented capacity to tackle offshore wind projects, with a special interest in floating solutions that require large spaces for assembly and storage.”

Orlando Alonso, Executive Chairman of Windar Renovables commented: “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 is undergoing a process of expansion that will accelerate in the coming years and we want to play a key role in this journey.”