On 20 October, General Electric (GE) and Navantia signed a license agreement authorising the latter to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the LM2500 Marine gas turbine. The agreement, signed by Dave Nelson, Global Sales Director GE, and Esteban García Vilasánchez, President Navantia, followed a previous agreement aigning on 7 July.
This long-term agreement will allow Navantia to develop a new line of activity with the Spanish Navy as well as worldwide; also reinforcing the company's value proposition with regard to Life Cycle Support for both Navantia and other navy ships.
According to Navantia, "the first result of this license is the next collaboration agreement between the Spanish Navy and Navantia to provide support and technical assistance in the maintenance of the LM2500 turbines, for which they will sign a contract that will include all the ships of the Spanish Navy."
The Ferrol Turbine Plant is being equipped with the necessary capacities for the development of this activity and the high qualification of the personnel giving support to turbine maintenance. In this sense, six Ría de Ferrol technicians have recently completed their training phase at GE's Houston facility to receive the necessary training.
"This collaboration is very important for the Turbine Plant in Ferrol, since it opened a new line of business based on a prestigious product, high technological level and great added value and opens expectations of new business opportunities with GE, market leader in this field," according to the company.