Capital Energy has just signed its first two strategic collaboration agreements (MOUs) with the shipyards of the Canary Islands, Astican and Zamakona Yards, to start up their offshore wind projects in the area. Both companies will make their port facilities available to the energy company, as well as the different services they provide, to meet the needs arising from the future construction of marine parks in the archipelago.
These five-year, renewable agreements contemplate the manufacture, commissioning and launching of the floating foundations and mooring systems, the assembly of the turbines and the storage of all kinds of components necessary for the construction of a park. marine: turbines, floating foundations, mooring systems, submarine electrical cables with their accessories, etc.
Likewise, Capital Energy has agreed with both shipyards to take charge of the necessary offshore logistics during the construction phase, the transport of personnel / materials, surveillance boats, flotels, etc. Finally, they may provide operation and maintenance services, including the construction and operation of the O&M base or technical inspections of the park.
Through these framework agreements, Capital Energy is committed to the Canary Islands, a region that it considers strategic for the development of offshore wind energy. In this sense, it will continue to promote the signing of agreements with local administrations, companies and groups that can benefit from the driving effect that it plans to exercise with its activity.
Juan José Sánchez, CEO of Capital Energy, has ensured that “we try to reconcile our contribution to the progressive decarbonization of the economy, through the implementation of renewable energies, with the promotion of economic and social development of all territories in the that we operate, as evidenced by the signing of these agreements with such relevant Canarian companies that they will serve to promote our project in the offshore wind sector “.
For his part, Germán Suárez, president and CEO of Astican, has pointed out that “the decarbonization of the economy in the coming decades until reaching the objectives of the European Union in 2050, when we finally become a climate-neutral continent , is opening up endless opportunities for economic diversification, and we are only at the beginning.
In our shipyards we not only want to contribute and participate in the decarbonization of maritime transport, executing changes and improvements in the existing fleet of ships so that it meets the requirements requirements of environmental sustainability, but due to our industrial capacity, our decades of experience in the naval sector and our strategically located infrastructures,We will also be an essential link in the value chain involved in the construction, assembly, and installation of any fixed or floating structure dedicated to the generation of energy based on the sea. “
Álvaro Garaygordóbil, CEO of Zamakona Yards, highlighted that “Zamakona Yards is 100% committed to training, digitization and decarbonization in our shipyards. With all this, we will be able to carry out any future commitment related to renewable energies. I think it will be a great step for the industrial evolution of the Port of Las Palmas “.
Irruption in offshore wind
Capital Energy, winner of the last renewable auction organized last January, is now pursuing, in the heat of the government’s commitment to this clean energy technology, to develop a portfolio of several gigawatts with the aim of maintaining a similar offshore wind share to which it already holds in the onshore wind projects that are being processed in Spain.
According to forecasts, Spain could have an offshore wind operating capacity of up to 3 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. In this context, Capital Energy aims to start up a minimum of 750 megawatts (MW) of power, the development and construction of which would imply, at current prices, the investment of more than 3,500 million euros in the next decade.
It should be remembered that Capital Energy’s origins are closely linked to offshore wind and that, specifically, in 2005 it already presented a development plan for this technology to the Ministry of Industry, which contemplated the possibility of developing a portfolio of 1,800 offshore projects. MW.
The company is currently analyzing the fit that this entire portfolio could have in the new regulatory framework, while moving, in parallel, in the search for new technically and economically viable locations.
To drive this promising business area, Capital Energy has recruited a professional with proven experience. Pablo Alcón joined the company’s Offshore Wind Manager last July, after five years working as project manager in several of the marine parks promoted by Iberdrola to date, both in Europe (Wikinger and East Anglia One) as in the United States (Vineyard Wind and Park City Wind).
Previously, this Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and Master in Offshore and Ocean Technology from Cranfield University (UK), had worked in other large multinational engineering and construction firms, such as the Eni Saipem subsidiary, McDermott International or BPP Technical Services.