Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables win monopile order for Moray West

Ocean Winds has awarded Navantia Seanergies and Windar Renovables an order for 14 monopiles for its
Moray West offshore wind farm to be installed in Scottish waters. This contract will be the first order executed in the new XXL monopile factory that both companies are building in the Fene shipyard (A Coruña), with an investment of €36 million.

The material collection process will begin this July and the start of production work in the new factory in December. The execution period is 10 months and is expected to  generate 280,000 hours of work, an average of 150 direct jobs per month. The monopiles will have an approximate length of 90 meters, a maximum diameter of 10 meters and a minimum of 8 and a maximum weight of 2,000 tons.

“This first contract for XXL monopiles is a success due to the diversification of our catalog of offshore wind power products. We are committed to a long-term product in the coming years and to developing the local industrial fabric in the Ría de Ferrol, capitalizing on the enormous expected demand for offshore wind power products, which will multiply by three in just five years”,
declared the president of Navantia, Ricardo Dominguez.

Executive president of Windar Renovables, Orlando Alonso, said: ”innovation and the ability to adapt to customer needs, which are at the core of our union, have been decisive in awarding us this project. It is the first step of what will undoubtedly be a long journey, as well as a demonstration of the wisdom of having undertaken the investment in Fene that allows us to operate in this segment”.

Navantia has already worked in the past on the construction of 20 jackets for
Moray East (a project also managed by Ocean Winds, among other partners), which was also carried out at the Puerto Real shipyard, and the Navantia and Windar Renovables alliance also worked with EDPR for its first semi-submersible floating wind project (Windfloat Atlantic in 2018-2019).

Earlier this month  (7 July 2022) the
Moray West offshore wind farm reached a major project milestone having been offered a Contract for Difference (CfD) as part of the UK Government’s latest CfD Allocation Round. The project, which is being developed by Ocean Winds, a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, was awarded a 15 year CfD for the delivery of 294 MW wind generation at £37.35/MWh (in 2012 prices). Following the CfD award, Moray West is expected to make a final investment decision and reach financial close in the coming months while ramping up construction activity to meet planned first power in 2024.

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