Ignacio Galán Affirms Iberdrola’s UK Offshore Wind Commitment


The project signed with Siemens Gamesa, which foresees the construction of 95 turbines, will provide clean energy to 1.3 million homes per year.

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola, was received in Downing Street by the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, with whom he had the opportunity to discuss the current situation in the energy sector and the commitment of the company towards the country. The company has signed one of the largest contracts in its history for the construction of 95 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines for the East Anglia Three offshore wind farm, the second largest in the world. This was announced by Ignacio Galán during his speech at the Aurora Forum at Oxford University.

The 95 turbines, rated at 14.7MW each, will have a combined renewable capacity of 1,400MW, enough to power 1.3 million UK homes. “The size and ambition of this project is further proof of Iberdrola’s commitment to decarbonisation and energy security worldwide, through large renewable infrastructure such as the East Anglia offshore wind farm. Three, capable of generating economic activity throughout its supply chain and creating thousands of jobs,” said Ignacio Galán, Chairman of the Board of Iberdrola.

“This clearly demonstrates our will and determination to ensure the transition to a clean, efficient and self-sufficient energy model, capable of responding to today’s main challenges,” Galán reiterated.

The second Largest Wind Farm in The World

East Anglia Three is being built in the Southern North Sea, 69km from Great Yarmouth. The project will create over 2,300 jobs during the two years of construction and over 100 operations and maintenance jobs over the life of the wind farm. The UK subsidiary has already signed contracts worth nearly £70m with UK companies for East Anglia Three. It is estimated that the company will invest nearly €2.3bn – £2bn – in the UK to support the construction and operation of East Anglia over the life of the project.

Commitment to Offshore Wind Power

East Anglia Three will join Iberdrola’s six offshore wind farms already in operation or under construction. The group has already commissioned the West of Duddon Sands wind farm (195 MW) in the Irish Sea, the Wikinger wind farm (350 MW) in the German waters of the Baltic Sea and the East Anglia ONE wind farm.

The company also has three other large offshore facilities under construction. In France, it is progressing with the installation of what will be its first large offshore wind farm in this country, Saint-Brieuc, which, with a capacity of nearly 500 MW and an investment of 2,500 euros, will produce enough energy to meet the electricity consumption of 835,000 people, once it enters service in 2023.

In the United States, Iberdrola is building what will be the country’s first commercial wind farm, Vineyard Wind 1 (806 MW), off the coast of the state of Massachusetts, with an investment of approximately 2,500 million euros . This installation will be able to meet the energy needs of more than 400,000 households and will prevent the emission of more than 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

In Germany, the group has started building its second major offshore wind project in the country, after Wikinger. The 476 MW wind farm, called Baltic Eagle, will be able to meet the demand of 475,000 households and will avoid the emission of nearly one million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The company also plans to develop a third marine project in this area: Windanker (300 MW). Together, these three renewable facilities will create the largest offshore wind complex in the Baltic Sea, with a total installed capacity of 1,100 MW and a combined investment of around 3.5 billion euros.

This article is originally published on atalayar.com


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