High Gain Antenna Gimbal (HGAG) for the rover Perseverance of the Mars 2020 mission
INNOVATIVE SPIRIT, ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A BETTER FUTURE
For more than 60 years, we have been using our knowledge to serve society through technology and our projects. Ever since Sener was founded by Enrique and José Manuel de Sendagorta, the company’s history has been marked by innovative solutions, penetrating new markets and responding to technical challenges. We were the first engineering company registered in Spain in 1956. We started out as a marine technical office and became trailblazers in the space industry in 1966. Shortly afterwards we penetrated the infrastructure and energy industries. Today, we are a leading company in aerospace, infrastructure, energy and marine, and we apply our multidisciplinary knowledge to achieve comprehensive solutions.
Enrique de Sendagorta founds Sener as a technical marine office. It is the first Spanish engineering company registered as such.
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.
Sener has a capital of three million pesetas (18,000 euros) and 100 employees.
Amine and sulfur recovery plant for Repsol in Puertollano (Spain), Sener’s first refinery 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 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.
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).
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.
Sener reaches the figure of 900 professionals and a turnover of 4,000 million pesetas (24 million euros).
Sener undertakes work on the projects for the Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia metros. These are its first urban transport projects.
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.
Jorge Sendagorta joins Sener’s management team and creates the Sener Grupo de Ingeniería holding company.
Sener contributes to creating ITP, the only Spanish aeronautical engine and gas turbine company.
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.
Sener opens a permanent office in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon for its projects in the country, especially in the field of civil infrastructures.
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 oppening a branch office in the region.
José Manuel de Sendagorta Aramburu, General Director of SENER from 1961 to 1985 and one of its founders passed away on September 22.
Sener sets up its own office in Valencia.
Sener wins the turnkey contract for the construction and commissioning of the Benzene Reduction Reforming Unit (RB4) for the Somorrostro (Vizcaya) of Petronor refinery (Spain). This is SENER’s first turnkey contract for the design and construction of an industrial plant.
Sener creates a new area of business in the Defense sector, based on the design and line production of missile actuation and control systems.
Commercial operation of Ecolube, a used oil regeneration plant in Fuenlabrada (Madrid, Spain). This industrial initiative promoted by Sener and URBASER uses technology for the regeneration of oils through distillation with propane, a technology designed by Sener.
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.
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.
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 the BBG regassing plant (Spain), the first liquid natural gas (LNG) plant built with the participation of Sener.
Commercial operation of Boroa (Spain), Sener’s first combined cycle power station, in which it takes part in the turnkey construction.
AE 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.
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.
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.
Sagunto regassing plant (Spain), the first LNG plant built by Sener.
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.
Sener launches Torresol Energy, a company promoting the construction, operation and maintenance of large thermosolar plants, owned by SENER (60%) and Masdar (40%).
We opened a delegation in the United States with an office in San Francisco, later our U.S. headquarters moved to the city of Los Angeles.
Commercial operation of Andasol (Spain), the first thermosolar plant in commercial operations with a molten salt storage system, using Sener technology.
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.
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.
Sener establishes a presence in the United Arab Emirates with an office located in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Sener establishes a presence in South Korea with a branch office located in Busan, in response to the country’s growing importance in the marine sector.
Sener opens a branch 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.
Sener engineering of a stern trawler for China National Fisheries Corp. This is the company’s first marine engineering contract in the country.
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 sale of AUTOPLAK, the inoculation and seeding device for liquid samples in Petri dishes, designed by Sener Diagnostics, our brand to market healthcare technology products.
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.
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.
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).
It is located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain) and it is a Sener project.
We establish our presence in the country with a branch office in Santiago de Chile.
Sener moves permanently into Colombia, with a branch office located in Bogotá.
We set up in the United Kingdom with the opening of an office.
Sener wins the contract to perform the environmental and engineering services for the California high-speed railway line (USA).
FORAN becomes the world’s first CAD/CAM marine system with integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools.
Unveiling of the extension to the BBG regassing plant (Spain), whose third LNG tank was built using SENER technology.
We celebrate our 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.
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.
We were the promoters and founders of ITP (Industria de Turbo Propulsores) in 1989. After 27 years of supporting ITP’s long-term investment and technology development, we are now focusing our efforts on our core engineering business and consolidating our international strategy.
Sener consortium is awarded the HS2 Engineering Delivery Partner contract in the UK.
We established Sener in the country with the opening of a branch office.
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.
The Sener Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary promoting initiatives and activities to serve the community through the training and education of engineers, while also aiming to develop social responsibility in business activities in the fields of engineering and technology.
Enrique de Sendagorta Aramburu, founder and Honorary President of Sener, and President of the Sener Foundation passed away on January 5.
The aerospace activity of the Sener group now brings on board theentire TRYO Aerospace & Electronics group which is the parent company of TRYO Aerospace Flight Segment and RYMSA RF. This investment has enabled Sener to strengthen its technology, engineering and production capabilities in the aerospace sector with a clear commitment to growth.
It is 25 years since SENER opened its first offices in Barcelona (Spain). Currently the Sener offices in Barcelona are located in Cerdanyola del Vallés.
The Torresol Energy company, which belongs to the SENER engineering and technology group, celebrates its 10th anniversary promoting the construction, operation and maintenance of large thermoelectric solar power plants and is owned by Sener (60%) and Masdar (40%).
It have been 10 years since the opening of the first Sener delegation in the United States with the opening of its first office in the country.
March marks the 50th anniversary of the first launch of a rocket from the Kiruna launch tower in Sweden. This project represented the first Sener contract in the space sector.
As a result of the transformation objective conceived in 2018 with the takeover of the Tryo Group, the aerospace business unit splits from Sener Engineering, creating a new comany named Sener Aeroespacial.
Andrés Sendagorta, hitherto Vicepresident of Sener, is the Group’s new President, taking over from Jorge Sendagorta, who will continue to be linked to the Sener Group as its Honorary President.
Managing Director of SENER Engineering since 2018, Jorge is named as the new CEO, succeeding Jorge Unda.
We developed RESPIRA®, based on Artificial Intelligence, to optimize the efficient use of ventilation in buildings and complex infrastructures. We signed a collaboration agreement with Ferrocarril y Metropolità de Barcelona (FMB) to improve air quality and passenger comfort in Metro de Barcelona.
We are part of the consortium that will start up BENORTH2, the first green hydrogen plant that will maximize the use of existing infrastructures in Amorebieta (Vizcaya, Spain). White Summit, CCI, Nortegas, Bizkaia Energy and Sener are the companies in charge of its development and start-up.
Q-Energy acquires Torresol Energy, owner of the Gemasolar, Valle 1 and Valle 2 solar units, from Sener and Masdar. The three thermoelectric plants have Sener’s own technology and have achieved excellent levels of operation since their start-up in 2011.
SATNUS is a company set up by Sener, GMV and TECNOBIT to develop new technologies linked to unmanned vehicles. From SATNUS the three partners will coordinate the activity of the technological pillar of remote operators within the European FCAS (Future Combat Air System) program.
Nearly 1000 sqm outfitted with the most advanced production and testing equipment, which places Sener Aeroespacial among the top European space and astronomy companies.
Siemens acquired from Sener the FORAN ship design and engineering software, conceived and developed for more than five decades.
Sener, present in Australia through transport infrastructure projects, has signed an agreement to acquire 60% of the Australian consulting firm Tactix, with the aim of becoming a key player in the Australian transport sector.
When José Manuel de Sendagorta joined Sener’s management team in 1960, the company set up by his brother four years earlier, it became their shared vision. Sener opened up to new activities such as aerospace engineering. Conquering new industries would go on to become a widespread practice throughout Sener’s history.
Enrique de Sendagorta, founder of Sener, with his brother José Manuel led a company that was inspired by great figures in marine history, science and engineering.
As well as all those sailors, scientists and engineers, Enrique developed a special talent for solving complex problems. He did it most of the time without proper tools, traveling the world with the idea of doing a different engineering.
In his own words, the main value of the company has always been in the people who have been part of it. A value that is still present.
There is in Sener´s DNA a search for constant improvement, a common good and an unwavering vocation for service. We seek solutions that benefit society as a whole, it is our most authentic hallmark.
José Manuel de Sendagorta, co-founder of the company and CEO for a quarter of a century, broke new ground, incorporated new business divisions and championed integrated engineering, while paying attention to the smallest details.
Motivated by the desire to move forward and by an inherent curiosity, he gave Sener his drive and became the architect of some of its great successes in those early years. His aspiration was also that Spain could participate in the space race, as was the case with the successful Kiruna project in the 1960s.
His endeavor still sets the course for the company.
From the dream of a young 30-year-old to the reality of the international group that Sener has become today, quite a lot has changed. Nevertheless, other things remain, such as our values and the purpose that guide us. We develop quality solutions, we strive to foresee new problems to solve, and we have the talent and know-how to come up with innovative solutions. This is what Sener is made of: problem solving minds working together to achieve a better future.
Since 1956, our history reflects the technological changes that have shaken the world.