UK shipyard Harland & Wolff to partner on offshore wind with Navantia, Windar

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September 15 (Renewables Now) - UK shipyard Harland & Wolff has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia and wind tower maker Windar Renovables to cooperate on offshore wind projects, it was announced today.

The partners will seek to secure and together execute bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind projects mainly in the UK. The companies would share the work based on their yard capacities and availability, material handling capabilities and quayside load-out capacities, according to a stock exchange statement by InfraStrata plc (LON:INFA), Harland & Wolff’s owner.

The partnership is expected to allow Harland & Wolff to take better advantage of the offshore wind opportunities in the UK, benefiting from Navantia's experience and advanced technologies.

Navantia and Windar have partnered since 2015, working together on seven offshore wind projects. The companies are currently investing in a new XXL monopile facility in Spain.

“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," said InfraStrata chief executive John Wood.

Harland & Wolff has facilities in Belfast, Methil, Arnish and Appledore. The Methi and Arnish sites in Scotland were acquired in February 2021 and will focus on fabrication work in the renewable, oil and gas and defence sectors.

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