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  • 2017
  • 50 years of SENER in Space

    50 years of SENER in Space

    In 2017, SENER celebrates 50 years in Space, a sector in which it offers engineering and production services in five areas of activity: electromechanical components and systems; Guidance, Navigation and Control / Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (GNC/AOCS); optical systems; microgravity; and life-support and astronomy systems.

  • 2016
  • Opening of the Johannesburg (South Africa) office

    Opening of the Johannesburg (South Africa) office

    SENER is established in South Africa with a permanent office in Johannesburg.

  • SENER celebrates 60 years

    SENER celebrates 60 years

    SENER celebrates its 60th anniversary with a long track record of projects, international experience and a team comprised of thousands of professionals who are the co-creators of the innovations that have marked its past and will shape its future. 

  • Inauguration of the thermosolar plant NOORo I

    Inauguration of the thermosolar plant NOORo I

    The inauguration of the thermosolar plant NOORo I took place in Ouarzazate, within the NOORo solar complex, which, once completed, will be the largest on the planet. The event was presided over by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

  • SENER consortium in the HS2

    SENER consortium in the HS2

    SENER consortium is awarded the HS2 Engineering Delivery Partner contract in the UK.

  • 2015
  • Contract for the California high-speed railway line

    Contract for the California high-speed railway line

    SENER wins the contract to perform the environmental and engineering services for the California high-speed railway line (USA).

  • FORAN is integrated with PLM tools

    FORAN becomes the world’s first CAD/CAM marine system with integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools.
  • Extension to the BBG regassing plant

    Extension to the BBG regassing plant

    Unveiling of the extension to the BBG regassing plant (Spain), whose third LNG tank was built using SENER technology.

  • 2014
  • Opening of the Santiago de Chile (Chile) office

    Opening of the Santiago de Chile (Chile) office

    SENER establishes a permanent presence in Chile, with headquarters in Santiago de Chile.

  • Opening of the Bogotá (Colombia) office

    Opening of the Bogotá (Colombia) office

    SENER moves permanently into Colombia, with an office located in Bogotá.

  • Opening of the Manchester (UK) office

    Opening of the Manchester (UK) office

    SENER opens an engineering and construction office in Manchester (UK) which joins the ITP offices in Whetstone (Leicester), Lincoln, Rugby, York and West Sussex.

  • SENER in major international transport infrastructure projects

    SENER in major international transport infrastructure projects SENER confirms its international expansion in the transport infrastructures sector with projects in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, North Africa, and the Middle East, including such noteworthy endeavors as the Toluca-Mexico City passenger train, the Guadalajara metro in Mexico, and the metros in Riyadh and Doha (Saudi Arabia), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE).
  • SENER is appointed main contractor for a space mission

    SENER is appointed main contractor for a space mission SENER is appointed the main contractor for the Proba-3 space mission for the demonstration of formation flying technologies. For Spain, this contract represents an important milestone in the aerospace sector as it is the only European Space Agency (ESA) mission to date in which a Spanish company, SENER, is the main contractor of the entire program and leader of a consortium of European companies from over 10 countries.
  • Opening of SENER’s new headquarters in Catalonia

    Opening of SENER’s new headquarters in Catalonia

    Opening of SENER’s new corporate headquarters in Catalonia, located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), a SENER project.

  • 2013
  • First sale of the AUTOPLAK medical device

    First sale of the AUTOPLAK medical device First sale of AUTOPLAK, the inoculation and seeding device for liquid samples in Petri dishes, designed by NTE Healthcare, a brand created by SENER to market healthcare technology products.
  • Construction work starts on the NOORo solar complex

    Construction work starts on the NOORo solar complex Start of the construction of NOORo in Morocco, the largest solar complex on earth, made with technology created by SENER, which is also a member of the turnkey construction consortium.
  • First marine engineering contract in Korea

    First marine engineering contract in Korea

    SENER is awarded the marine engineering contract for a 1,200-passenger ferry vessel. It is the company’s first marine engineering contract in South Korea.

  • 2012
  • Opening of the Shanghai (China) office

    Opening of the Shanghai (China) office

    SENER opens an office in the city of Shanghai in China, in response to the country’s growing importance in the marine sector. China, Japan and Korea are responsible for 90% of global production of non-military ships.

  • Opening of the Sao Paulo (Brazil) office

    Opening of the Sao Paulo (Brazil) office

    SENER opens an office in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, mainly for the purpose of carrying out transport and industrial infrastructure projects, as well as work in the area of aeronautics.

  • First marine engineering contract in China

    First marine engineering contract in China SENER is awarded the contract for the marine engineering of a stern trawler for China National Fisheries Corp. This is the company’s first marine engineering contract in the country.
  • 2011
  • Opening of Gemasolar

    Opening of Gemasolar Opening of Gemasolar, the first commercial power plant in the world capable of 24-hour uninterrupted production using solar energy, owned by Torresol Energy and with technology designed by SENER, which also performed its turnkey construction.
  • Opening of the Busan (South Korea) office

    Opening of the Busan (South Korea) office

    SENER establishes a presence in South Korea with an office located in Busan, in response to the country’s growing importance in the marine sector.

  • 2009
  • Opening of the Abu Dhabi (UAE) office

    Opening of the Abu Dhabi (UAE) office

    SENER establishes a presence in the United Arab Emirates with an office located in Abu Dhabi.

  • Marine engineering contract for the Argentine Navy

    Marine engineering contract for the Argentine Navy

    SENER is awarded the comprehensive engineering contract for the repair and modernization of the Argentine Navy’s ?Almirante Irízar’ icebreaker ship (RHAI) after the vessel was damaged by fire during an Antarctic campaign. This project is one of the most important marine engineering projects to be carried out in Argentina in the last 25 years.

  • Launch of the Barcelona L9 metro and the Perpignan-Figueras high-speed railway line

    Launch of the Barcelona L9 metro and the Perpignan-Figueras high-speed railway line

    Operation begins of Barcelona metro’s L9, the longest driverless line in Europe, and the Perpignan-Figueras international high-speed railway line between France and Spain. On both projects, SENER is responsible for everything from the design to the certification and operational start.

  • 2008
  • Commercial operation of Andasol

    Commercial operation of Andasol Commercial operation of Andasol (Spain), the first thermosolar plant in commercial operations with a molten salt storage system, using SENER technology.
  • Creation of Torresol Energy

    Creation of Torresol Energy SENER launches Torresol Energy, a company promoting the construction, operation and maintenance of large thermosolar plants, owned by SENER (60%) and Masdar (40%).
  • Opening of the San Francisco (USA) office

    Opening of the San Francisco (USA) office

    SENER establishes a presence in the United States with an office in San Francisco.

  • Opening of the Algiers (Algeria) office

    Opening of the Algiers (Algeria) office

    SENER opens a permanent office in Algeria, a country with interesting opportunities for the development of energy and transport infrastructure projects and where SENER also has a noteworthy presence due to previous work.

  • 2007
  • Opening of the Warsaw (Poland) office

    Opening of the Warsaw (Poland) office

    SENER creates a new division in Poland with headquarters in Warsaw, to undertake public infrastructure projects. Over time, this division will come to have a significant weight in the space sector.

  • 2006
  • Opening of the Mexico City (Mexico) office

    Opening of the Mexico City (Mexico) office

    SENER opens a permanent office in Mexico, a country with extensive possibilities in the area of infrastructures. Mexico soon becomes one of the most important countries for SENER in terms of both the volume of project contracts and number of professionals.

  • Opening of the Okayama (Japan) office

    Opening of the Okayama (Japan) office

    SENER establishes a permanent presence in the city of Okayama in Japan, to provide support to its Japanese clients in the use of the FORAN system for developing marine projects.

  • First LNG plant built by SENER

    First LNG plant built by SENER

    Sagunto regassing plant (Spain), the first LNG plant built by SENER.

  • 2005
  • Commencement of activities to supply systems for aeronautical use

    Commencement of activities to supply systems for aeronautical use SENER begins to supply systems for the manufacture and assembly of composite material structures for aeronautical use, with an initial project for the Boeing 787 airliner.
  • Commercial operation of Boroa

    Commercial operation of Boroa Commercial operation of Boroa (Spain), SENER’s first combined cycle power station, in which it takes part in the turnkey construction.
  • FORAN is implemented in BAE Systems

    FORAN is implemented in BAE Systems BAE Systems (UK) implements FORAN for use in the series of HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and the series of Successor submarines for the British Navy.
  • 2004
  • Opening of the Integration and Testing Center in Madrid

    Opening of the Integration and Testing Center in Madrid

    SENER opens its complex in Madrid?the Integration and Testing Center, a state-of-the-art plant for production activities such as the assembly of electronic parts; mechanical assemblies and subassemblies; final integration; and vibration, temperature and functional tests. The mechanisms developed in SENER’s new Integration and Testing Center can be applied to aeronautics (flight control), space (satellites, spacecraft and payloads), propulsion (engine nozzles, thrust vector control), industrial products (for example, actuator mechanisms for thermosolar plants) and healthcare technology.

  • Commercial operation of Zabalgarbi

    Commercial operation of Zabalgarbi Commercial operation of the Zabalgarbi municipal solid waste treatment plant in Bilbao (Spain). This plant, promoted by SENER, uses the company’s own technology, the SENER-2 process, a high-efficiency thermodynamic cycle that improves the energy conversion of waste and optimizes the resistance of equipment to corrosion. As well as designing and patenting the process, SENER was responsible for the turnkey construction of the plant.
  • Commercial operation of BBG

    Commercial operation of BBG

    Commercial operation of the BBG regassing plant (Spain), the first liquid natural gas (LNG) plant built with the participation of SENER.

  • 2002
  • Commercial operation of Ecolube

    Commercial operation of Ecolube Commercial operation of Ecolube (Spain), a used oil regeneration plant in Fuenlabrada (Madrid, Spain). This industrial initiative promoted by SENER uses Interline technology for the regeneration of used mineral oils through distillation with propane, a technology designed by SENER.
  • Creation of the SENER Foundation

    Creation of the SENER Foundation The Sendagorta family and SENER Grupo de Ingeniería establish the SENER Foundation, setting out to promote initiatives and activities based on two principles: contributing to the community through training people (by means of combined study/work grants) and developing social responsibility in business activities.
  • Opening of the Buenos Aires (Argentina) office

    Opening of the Buenos Aires (Argentina) office

    SENER decides to return to Argentina, the country where it made its first forays into the marine sector, with licenses for its FORAN system, and into the field of infrastructures. It opens an office in Buenos Aires which becomes the SENER Argentina division.

  • 2001
  • SENER begins producing a series of aerospace systems

    SENER begins producing a series of aerospace systems

    SENER creates a new area of business in the Defense sector, based on the design and line production of missile actuation and control systems.

  • 1999
  • First turnkey construction contract

    First turnkey construction contract SENER wins the turnkey contract for the construction and commissioning of the Benzene Reduction Reforming Unit (RB4) for the Somorrostros (Vizcaya) plant of Petronor (Spain). This is SENER’s first turnkey contract for an industrial plant.
  • 1998
  • Opening of the Valencia (Spain) office

    Opening of the Valencia (Spain) office

    SENER sets up its own office in Valencia.

  • 1993
  • Opening of the Barcelona (Spain) office

    Opening of the Barcelona (Spain) office

    After having worked on several infrastructure projects in Barcelona (Spain), and prompted by the 1992 Olympics, SENER decides to consolidate its presence in Catalonia by creating a Division with headquarters in the region’s capital.

  • 1991
  • Opening of the Lisbon (Portugal) office

    Opening of the Lisbon (Portugal) office  SENER opens a permanent office in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon for its projects in the country, especially in the field of civil infrastructures.
  • 1990
  • First contracts in high-speed rail

    First contracts in high-speed rail

    In the 90s, first contracts in high-speed rail (Basque Y, Madrid-Barcelona, Madrid-Valencia, Madrid-Lisbon) and large airports, ports and singular buildings on the Iberian Peninsula.

  • 1989
  • The creation of ITP

    The creation of ITP SENER contributes to creating ITP, the only Spanish aeronautical engine and gas turbine company, today owned by SENER (53.125%) and Rolls-Royce (46.875%).
  • 1986
  • Creation of the SENER group

    Creation of the SENER group Jorge Sendagorta joins SENER’s management team and creates the SENER Grupo de Ingeniería holding company.
  • 1985
  • Start of activities in the aeronautics sector

    Start of activities in the aeronautics sector SENER joins the European consortium working on the development of the EJ 200 engine for the multirole Eurofighter/Typhoon fighter aircraft, beginning its operations in the field of aeronautics.
  • First urban transport projects

    First urban transport projects

    SENER undertakes work on the projects for the Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia metros. These are its first urban transport projects.

  • 1982
  • SENER has 900 professionals

    SENER has 900 professionals SENER reaches the figure of 900 professionals and a turnover of 4,000 million pesetas (24 million euros).
  • 1970
  • Start of activities in the energy sector

    Start of activities in the energy sector

    This decade SENER begins with the designs for the Spanish nuclear power plants of  Lemóniz and Cofrentes. These are SENER’s first contracts in the energy sector.

  • 1967
  • Start of activities in the infrastructure sector

    Start of activities in the infrastructure sector SENER undertakes its first major contracts in the infrastructure engineering sector with projects such as the Bilbao-Behovia highway (1967), Bilbao superport (1969), Sondica airport (1971) and the construction plan for the Bilbao metro (1973).
  • 1966
  • Start of activities in the space sector

    Start of activities in the space sector SENER wins the contract for the design and construction of the rocket launch tower in Kiruna (Sweden) for the ESRO (the former European Space Research Organization). This is SENER’s first international contract and its first foray into the space sector.
  • 1965
  • First FORAN contract

    First FORAN contract FORAN, the CAD/CAM/CAE system for marine design and construction created by SENER in the 60s as an in-house tool, secures its first contract outside of SENER with the Bazán (now Navantia) shipyard.
  • SENER wins its first contract in the refining industry

    SENER wins its first contract in the refining industry

    Amine and sulfur recovery plant for Repsol in Puertollano (Spain), SENER’s first refinery contract.

  • 1964
  • SENER has 100 professionals

    SENER has 100 professionals

    SENER has a capital of three million pesetas (18,000 euros) and 100 employees.

  • 1960
  • Start of SENER’s diversification

    Start of SENER’s diversification

    The management team grows with the arrival of José Manuel de Sendagorta, the founder’s brother and the person considered to be the company’s co-founder. Under his management, SENER begins to diversify its activities and open up to other sectors such as industrial plants.

  • 1956
  • The foundation of SENER

    The foundation of SENER Enrique de Sendagorta founds SENER as a technical marine office. It is the first Spanish engineering company registered as such.
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