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Navantia-Windar starts production
of the foundation elements of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm at the Polder de Brest.

One year after the Navantia-Windar consortium was selected to manufacture the foundations of the wind turbines for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm, the two companies are now established in the Brest polder and are actively collaborating with Breton companies. Seventeen local companies have already worked on the Navantia-Windar site located at the new EMR terminal in Brest. Two new contracts were signed today and the consortium is currently negotiating with 20 other companies.

Brest / Saint-Brieuc / Paris / October 02, 2020 - Navantia-Windar today presented, at its facilities in the Brest polder, the main advances in its construction program for the elements of 34 of the 62 foundations that will equip the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm. As a reminder, the foundation technology chosen by Ailes Marines is a three-foot jacket-type foundation. These are structures in the form of a steel wire mesh weighing up to 1,150 tons, for a height of up to 75 metres, fixed to the seabed by piles.

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Elements manufactured in the Port of Brest

The elements manufactured in the Port of Brest are the parts of the upper and lower parts of these foundations (714 knots, 186 spikes, 306 cross braces, 102 high legs and 102 low legs). In total, more than 35,000 tons of steel will be assembled in Navantia-Windar's workshops and in the factories of Breton subcontractors. A year ago, Navantia-Windar's commitment was to position the port of Brest as a major industrial centre for offshore wind energy in Europe - in the words of Susana de Sarriá, the president of Navantia.

Since then, the consortium has multiplied calls for applications from Breton companies, through Bretagne Ocean Power. Moreover, two new contracts with the Breton companies Sobec and Navtis were announced today for the manufacture of jackets components.

Thus, Navantia-Windar confirms the mobilization of 250 full-time equivalent jobs during the manufacturing period of the jackets.

The start of construction of the jacket foundation elements on the Brest polder officially launches the Saint-Brieuc project in its manufacturing phase.

"Navantia and Windar are particularly proud of their contribution to the local economy and the environment. The joint venture has established a structured and realistic planning to ensure the production of the jackets and the associated logistics in the port of Brest. Our aim is to strengthen the links between our two regions, Brittany and Galicia, by creating a secure supply chain, which will enable us to pursue future offshore wind projects in France together. »

Jorge Filgueira

Director of Navantia Ria de Ferrol

"After announcing the creation of the first 1,100 jobs in France involved in the project, the start of the manufacture of foundation components in the workshop located in the port of Brest marks a new major step in the development of the marine energy sector in France and Brittany. We would like to thank Navantia-Windar and the Brittany Region for all the work accomplished during this very special period. »

Javier Garcia Perez

President of Ailes Marines and International Offshore Director of Iberdrola

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About Ailes Marines

Winner of a national tender with the Baie de Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project, AILES MARINES is in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the offshore wind farm. It is a simplified joint stock company (SAS), 100% owned by IBERDROLA Key figures for the Baie de Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project: - 75 km2 area - 62 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines, of 8 MW unit capacity - 496 MW installed capacity - 1,820 GWh/year output, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (including heating) All information concerning the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project developed by the company Ailes Marines is available on the website https://ailes-marines.bzh/ You can follow Ailes Marines news on twitter @AilesMarines

  • 75 km2 in area
  • 62 8 MW Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines
  • 496 MW of installed capacity
  • 1,820 GWh/year of production, i.e. the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (including heating)
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About Navantia

The Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, wholly owned by SEPI, the Spanish government's industrial holding company, is a world reference in the design, construction and assembly of state-of-the-art ships, as well as in ship repair and modernisation. The company is also involved in the design and manufacture of integrated platform management systems, fire detection systems, control and command systems, propulsion installations, as well as providing assistance and monitoring throughout the life of its products.
Navantia has a ship repair business, ranging from routine repairs to refit programmes, including conversions. The company has specific sites and know-how to handle complex repair work, including on LNG carriers and cruise ships. Navantia has fleet maintenance agreements with the world's largest ship owners. At the same time, the company is diversifying into the offshore wind energy market and is a leading manufacturer of floating structures, jacketed foundations and electrical substations.

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