Iberdrola has awarded Navantia and Windar a contract worth slightly over €120 million for the East Anglia One offshore wind farm, which the electricity group is currently developing in British waters of the North Sea. With 714 MW capacity, it is the largest renewable energy project ever undertaken by a Spanish company.
The agreement provides for the supply of foundations for the East Anglia One wind turbines. Navantia will produce 34 state-of-the-art jackets at its shipyard in Fene (Spain), and Windar will be forging the jacket piles at its facilities in Avilés (Spain).
Through this new award Iberdrola enables Navantia and Windar to maintain jobs at their respective facilities. Between March 2017 and June 2018, some 850,000 man-hours will be provided for, meaning an average of 600/700 jobs with up to 1,300 people working at the busiest times. Also, local and international suppliers stand to benefit, as was the case with the Wikinger project.
East Anglia One, one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms
East Anglia One will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms by the time it is commissioned in 2020, with an installed capacity of 714 MW, enough to supply clean energy to over 500,000 average UK households.
It is the largest renewable energy project carried out by a Spanish company to date, with total investment valued at £2.5 billion, and a clear demonstration of Iberdrola’s commitment to combating climate change.
Within the procurement process for East Anglia One, Iberdrola has already awarded Siemens the supply of 102 wind turbines, with a unit capacity of 7 MW.
The scale of this initiative is unprecedented in the Spanish renewable industry. For example, the wind farm site will cover an area of more than 300 km2, the export cable that will carry energy to the mainland will be 85 km long; the substation will cover a surface area of 1,144 m2 and the wind turbine blades will be 75 m long each.
East Anglia One is the third offshore wind project to be undertaken by Iberdrola. West of Duddon Sands (389 MW) is currently in operation in the UK and Wikinger (350 MW) is being built in German waters of the Baltic Sea.
This new offshore initiative is part of an even more ambitious project. Iberdrola has applied for planning consent to build East Anglia Three which has 1,200 MW capacity. If approved, total offshore wind capacity at East Anglia could reach 2,000 MW.