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Harland & Wolff has signed a MoU with Navantia and Windar Renovables to target specific fixed and floating offshore wind projects primarily within the UK. The agreement signals a commitment from all three parties to actively secure wind farm development projects and execute them together.

This collaboration will enable the companies to take better advantage of the offshore wind opportunities set out in the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

They will be able to harness Navantia’s extensive experience and adopt their advanced technologies. It hopes this will better position itself to be a more attractive and competitive proposition to wind farm developers as they seek to work with UK companies to develop wind farms off UK shores.

This collaboration aims to increase overall technology transfer, efficiencies, improve the companies engineering and manufacturing competencies as well as promote learning and innovation. It is also hoped that this will sharpen its market offering, boost local jobs across the group, and build on its core fabrication capabilities strategically.

This agreement will also jointly serve to offer safe, high quality, cost-effective solutions to offshore wind development companies, EPC contractors and the wider supply chain and competitively offer customers more efficient solutions.

“The decision to form an alliance between Harland & Wolff and Navantia in the field of offshore wind comes after two years of continuous collaboration on projects in the defence sector, which has enabled the consolidation of a relationship of trust that now extends to other areas of activity of both companies,” Ricardo Domínguez, chairman of Navantia, said. “The addition of Harland & Wolff to the Navantia-Windar partnership provides the offshore industry with an industrial surface area of approximately five million square metres and an unprecedented capacity to tackle offshore wind projects, with a special interest in floating solutions that require large spaces for assembly and storage.”

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