La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

27 June 2018

Boardroom Lunch with The Hon. Andrew Constance MP

Offices of DLA Piper - Level 22, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
11 July 2018

Boardroom Lunch with The Hon. Mark Bailey MP

Offices of Baker McKenzie - Level 8, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
17 July 2018

Boardroom Lunch with The Hon. Michael O’Brien MP

Aurecon Centre - Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008

Corporate Members


ACCIONA receives the world’s first grid-scale energy storage certificate by DNV GL

16 May 2018 ACCIONA Energia, the biggest global operator exclusively in renewable energies, yesterday received the first ever prototype certificate for a grid-scale energy storage solution by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body. The handover of the certificate took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Windpower Conference in Chicago. To explore the possibilities of grid-scale storage, ACCIONA Energia started up a hybrid plant for storing electricity in batteries as part of its grid-connected wind farm at Barasoain in Navarra, northern Spain. The plant in Barásoain is equipped with a storage system that consists of two batteries located in separate containers: one fast-response battery of 1 MW/0.39 MWh (capable of maintaining 1 MW of power for 20 minutes) and another slower-response battery with greater autonomy (0.7 MW/0.7 MWh, maintaining 0.7 MW for 1 hour). Both have Samsung SDI Li-ion technology connected to a 3-MW AW116/3000 wind turbine of ACCIONA Windpower (Nordex Group) technology, from which they capture the energy to be stored. The wind turbine is one of five that make up the Experimental Wind Farm at Barásoain, operated by the company since 2013. The entire system is managed by control software developed in-house by ACCIONA Energia and is monitored in real time by the company’s Renewable Energies Control Center (CECOER). The storage plant introduced by ACCIONA has now become the first in the world to undergo system-level certification. The certification process was carried out in line with the GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice, which is based on industry standards and considers safety, performance and reliability for grid-connected energy storage systems. Key element Energy storage is a key element in the transition to a more sustainable energy mix. It allows renewable sources such as wind and solar power to operate at full capacity during peak generation periods by storing excess energy until it is needed to meet later demand. While many energy storage technologies are well established at smaller scales, their application at grid-scale is still in its early days. “The market for grid-scale energy storage systems is relatively unexplored, but we see rapid developments. Certifying new systems like ACCIONA’s grid-scale storage plant demonstrates that pioneering projects like this are meeting the required safety, performance and reliability standards and providing the industry with confidence in the quality of emerging new technologies,” said Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President, Renewables Certification at DNV GL. Mørk added that “as part of our commitment to helping the industry transition to a low-carbon energy mix while maintaining safety and reliability of supply, we focus our efforts to develop industry guidelines on grid-scale energy storage to help designers, manufacturers, investors, insurers and authorities mitigate risks and control costs in energy storage projects”. For his part, Rafael Esteban, CEO ACCIONA Energy USA Global LLC, said that “our company is at the forefront of the energy transition through our solutions to facilitate the integration of variable-generation renewables into the grid and manage the power produced. Adding the energy storage plant to our Barasoain Experimental Wind Farm will improve the quality of energy sent to the grid, allow us to explore other applications for balancing supply and demand and create a path for commercial storage solutions in our wind power projects.” “With any emerging technology, technology qualification and certification is essential in understanding and managing risk”, added Esteban.“ In the near future, the bodies involved in the approval and financing of storage systems worldwide will demand these certificates. ACCIONA also wants to be a pioneer in this area. By applying for certification from such a solvent entity as DNV GL, we can guarantee that our plant fulfils all the conditions to operate with full confidence.”

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Willis Towers Watson announces significant investment in its Forensic Accounting and Complex Claims Team in Asia-Pacific

10 May 2018 Willis Towers Watson has announced the appointment of Peter Rink as Head of Forensic Accounting and Complex Claims (FACC) for the Asia-Pacific region. Rink joins from MSM Loss Accounting, along with former MSM team members Kate Godfrey and Craig Wheeley and will work closely with the existing FACC team located in Singapore led by Henry Dumas. Ken Giambagno, Global Head of FACC, said “We are delighted to welcome Peter and his team to Willis Towers Watson. This newly acquired team have recognised expertise in mining, as well as the energy, manufacturing and retail industries. These sectors face many complex and difficult claims and continue to face challenges ranging from natural catastrophes to supply chain issues. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued investment in our market leading global forensic accounting capability and will enable us to provide even greater support for local and multi-national clients.” Rink was co-founder and owner-manager of MSM’s Brisbane-based team where they were recognised for their expertise in handling large multinational and complex claims. Based in Brisbane, Rink will report into Giambagno and Simon Weaver, Head of Corporate Risk and Broking Asia Pacific and work closely with Andrew Boal, Head of Australasia. About Willis Towers Watson Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Read More

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Navantia Australia Opens Naval Design and Engineering Centre in Melbourne

9 May, 2018 Navantia Australia has formally opened its Naval Design and Engineering Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct on Tuesday, 24 April. Victorian Defence Industry Advocate, Greg Combet AM, together with Navantia’s global chairman Esteban Vilasanchez and Navantia Australia chairman Warren King opened the facility, which will complement Navantia Australia’s Adelaide Operations and Design Centre. “The continuous naval shipbuilding program is a national endeavour,” Mr King said. “Navantia Australia is continuing to grow and develop our sovereign capability, which means drawing on the best engineers and naval architects around the country. The Melbourne Naval Design and Engineering Centre will work in partnership with our Operations and Design Centre in Adelaide to ensure the success of Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability and our development into a nation with a competitive export capability.” The Design and Engineering Centre, led by Operations Manager Jamie Gibbs, is focussed on developing Australia’s future frigate capability and supporting the Hobart Class destroyers. Following the designation of Navantia Australia as class manager of the Hobart Class in February 2018, Navantia Australia is now responsible for maintenance of the design configuration of the three Hobart destroyers, in addition to having full authority for the design of the F-5000, Navantia’s proposed future frigate. Read More

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