Arantza Tapia accompanies the Basque companies at the Marine Energy Fair in Glasgow
- The Basque business stand was opened by Minister Arantza Tapia and has an area dedicated to the new Advanced Manufacturing Centre, a Basque Government initiative in Eibar
- Tapia advocated for an energy policy that in the framework of renewables caters for the industry in the wind energy sector and decried the measures established by the Spanish Ministry.
The “Offshore Wind Energy – Basque Country” brand, that brings together the policies of the leading Basque companies in the shipping and energy sectors, is continuing with its promotion work on the international stage at specialist trade fairs, where it showcases its range of products and services to companies, investors and the media..
During the event at lunchtime, organised at the Glasgow “Global Offshore Wind” trade fair, Arantza Tapia, the Basque Government’s Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, spoke and stressed that "the Basque Government is prioritising marine energy for the industrial development of its companies, as they are very well positioned to meet the challenges facing this sector to grow and compete on the world energy market".
Under the “Offshore Wind Energy – Basque Country” brand, the Energy Cluster , which represents the main companies of the value chain of the energy sector in the Basque Country, the Basque Maritime Forum, an organisation created to promote and improve the competitiveness of the companies in the Basque maritime sector, Navacel, a company specialising in manufacturing capital goods and large and heavy boilermaking for offshore wind power, oil&gas, subsea and renewables, Tecnalia, a multi-disciplinary research and development technology corporation, Vicinay Marine Innovación, a company specialising in the supply of chains and mooring lines for the offshore industry, Wind Box-Advanced Manufacturing Centre, a Basque Government initiative and made up by Gamesa, Antec, Grupo Glual, Erreka, Hine Group, Laulagun Bearings, Wec, Ik4-Tekniker and the Energy Cluster to provide first-rate specific equipment that enables subsystems for multi-megawatt 5MW) to be integrated and validated and ZIV, a global organisation that has an extensive product catalogue for marine wind power projects, from substation automation systems to transformers, switches and connection technologies, are taking part in the main UK offshore wind energy fair. Other leading Basque companies such as Iberdrola and Gamesa are also exhibitors at the event.
With their sights set on international projects, Basque companies, with the firm backing of the Basque Government, are pooling capacities to provide global responses and new synergies to span the whole value chain, and they aspire to be a world benchmark in the manufacturing of offshore wind power equipment. Their managers will hold different meetings and sessions throughout the event, where they will showcase the main aspects of their competitive strength to companies, investors and institutional representatives to create new high profile alliances and networks.
The Basque Country has a strong industrial tradition and is constructing a differential competitiveness factor based on energy. The Basque energy industrial sector already has over 350 companies, that invoice 15,500 million euros and employ over 24,000 people. Over 80 of those companies are linked to wind energy and provide first-rate know how and integral services in comprehensive value chains.
Around fifty representatives of international and European projects, companies, the media and investors, interested in learning for themselves about the main Basque business assets and in contacting their managers, were at the event.
II BILBAO MARINE ENERGY WEEK
After the success of the I Bilbao Marine Energy Week, Bilbao Exhibition Centre will host yet another event for the marine renewable energies on 20-24 April 2015. Thanks to the joint effort of the Basque Energy Board (EVE), Tecnalia and BEC, and the exclusive sponsorship of Iberdrola, hundreds of international experts will meet in the Basque Country to share their knowledge and experiences at the conference and exhibition. It will also attract cutting-edge technology companies and the main European project developers, trail-blazers in the installation of offshore wind farms.