Renewables can become one of the key levers to revive economic activity and employment in times marked by the coronavirus and build a new model around “green” principles. This morning, after traveling 20,000 kilometers and passing all the sanitary controls, the 42 blades of the wind turbines that will form part of Iberdrola’s new project in Spain, the Puylobo wind farm, which it builds in Aragon, have been unloaded at the port of Bilbao.
The company received this component, manufactured by Siemens Gamesa in China for planning reasons, while completing the civil work of the wind farm, supported by local suppliers, and the rest of the elements of the wind turbines – towers, nacelles / hubs, generators – are manufactured. multiplier and transformers- in facilities in Asturias, Cantabria, Soria and Burgos.
Located in the municipalities of Borja and Mallén, in Zaragoza, Puylobo will be made up of 14 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines; a model with a 64.5 m long shovel, optimal for medium and high wind locations. With an investment of 50 million euros, more than 120 professionals will be involved in its construction. The park’s production, once it comes into operation this year, will supply clean energy to a population equivalent to 20,000 homes / year and will avoid the emission of 32,000 tons of CO2 / year.
The heavy transport ship Zhi Xian Zhi Xing (“The star towards the Constitution”) set sail from the port of Qinhuangdao, in China, on March 7, and on its journey to Spain passed along the coast of Vietnam, crossed the straits from Singapore and Malacca, it crossed the Gulf of Bengal towards Sri Lanka and the Sea of Laquedivas, going up the west coast of India, to overcome the Arabian Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
After crossing the Suez Canal, it entered the Mediterranean. Next, he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, crossing the coast of Portugal and later the Cantabrian coast, to the port of Bilbao.
The Puylobo wind farm joins twelve other renewable projects that Iberdrola is currently building in Spain – including a photovoltaic plant in Teruel, Aragon – and is part of the investment plan activated by the company, which provides for the installation of 3,000 MW, wind and photovoltaic by 2022. Until 2030, forecasts point to the installation of 10,000 MW. These actions will allow job creation for 20,000 people in the country.
Iberdrola plans to make investments worth 10,000 million euros worldwide this year. This volume of resources – double that of the previous year – will mobilize projects, the industrial activity of the value chain and innovation in areas such as renewable energy, smart grids and large-scale storage systems.
Coinciding with the emergence of the coronavirus, during the first quarter, Iberdrola advanced orders to suppliers worth almost 4,000 million euros; 75% of them in the month of March. Of the orders placed in the first three months of the year, 24% were made to companies located in Spain, or what is the same, more than 940 million euros.
In Spain, Iberdrola is a leader in renewable energy, with an installed wind capacity of more than 6,000 MW and more than 16,500 renewable MW; a volume that in the world rises to 32,350 MW, which make its generation park one of the cleanest in the energy sector.