Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction in South Korea has confirmed it is developing an 8-MW offshore wind turbine and announced plans to collaborate in the domestic market with Korea South-East Power Company (KOEN), a developer of large-scale offshore wind projects
Together, the South Korean corporations plan to pursue projects offshore Gyeongin, in the southwestern region of the country and off Jeju island, as Doosan commercialises the new turbine.
The companies have agreed to work together on windfarms with a combined capacity of up to 2 GW and on the development of “megawatt-class floating offshore wind power systems and complexes.”
In 2013, KOEN completed construction of the Yeongheung windfarm, the first offshore windfarm to be built in South Korea, which used 10 Doosan 3-MW turbines, and in 2017, KOEN completed construction of the Tamra offshore windfarm, South Korea’s first commercial offshore windfarm, which was achieved in a joint venture with Doosan using homegrown technology.
Doosan Heavy plant EPC business group chief executive Inwon Park said, “This agreement will enable us to commercialise domestic offshore wind turbines by securing large-scale references.
“We will co-operate with KOEN to revitalise the wind power industry in Korea and keep ourselves aligned with the Korean Government’s Green New Deal policy.”
Doosan developed South Korea’s first 3-MW offshore wind turbine and secured certification for it in 2011, followed by certification for its 5.5-MW offshore wind turbine in July 2019.
The company plans to commercialise the 8-MW offshore wind turbine – which would be South Korea’s largest – by 2022. The company said turbine is being designed specifically with wind conditions in South Korea in mind.
Earlier in November 2020, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction signed a technical co-operation agreement with fellow South Korean company SK Engineering & Construction to collaborate on floating offshore wind projects.