Asia, Emissions & Environment, Renewables, Strategic Development, Wind

Renewables consortium to develop floating wind farm in South Korea

WindPower Korea, EDP Renewables and Aker Solutions have formed a consortium with the aim to develop an initial 500 MW floating wind farm off the coast of Ulsan Metropolitan City in South Korea.

The consortium was formed as EDP Renewables, a global wind energy producer, and Aker Solutions, an engineering and technology company, invested in the development company Korea Floating Wind Power (“KFWind”), joining founding shareholder WindPower Korea. Principle Power, which had a role in originating the KFWind project portfolio, will supply its proven WindFloat foundation technology for the project.

The wind farm will use the cutting-edge WindFloat technology, which enables the installation of floating platforms in deep waters that were previously inaccessible, and where the best wind resources in Korea can be harnessed.

The new consortium is committed to support the ambitious renewable energy plans of the South Korean Government, which call for 13 GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2030 and have set a target of at least 30 per cent renewable energy by 2040.

KFWind signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ulsan in January 2019 to cooperate on the development of floating wind projects and support the industrial development of the Ulsan region, to serve as a manufacturing hub for domestic and export offshore wind markets.

The Ulsan area is well-suited for commercializing floating wind, due to the combination of industry-leading shipyards, maritime expertise and port facilities in the region. The consortium foresees that a potential project will contribute with significant positive economic and environmental benefits to the local community.

The consortium has been committed from the beginning to working hand-in-hand with the local fisheries associations and stakeholders to ensure that projects are well-sited and developed responsibly.

The consortium has the backing of established industry leaders in renewable energy production and offshore project development, combined with the local market and industry expertise provided by WindPower Korea.

EDP Renewables has a solid commitment to the Windplus consortium, which is set to deploy the three largest offshore wind turbines on a floating platform to date at the 25 MW WindFloat Atlantic project currently under construction in Portugal. Therefore, EDP Renewables has a unique expertise in floating offshore energy generation.

Aker Solutions is part-owned by Aker ASA, an industrial investment company with ownership in several energy and maritime companies. Aker Solutions provides offshore technology and engineering solutions globally, and has delivered more than 60 percent of the world’s semi-submersible floating structures.

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