Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea has secured approval in principle (AiP) for a newly developed floating wind foundation
It has secured the AiP from class society DNV for the 9.5-MW ‘Tri-Star Float’ floating foundation.
The company said the steel structure has a compact design that “will dramatically shorten the construction period from design and transportation to installation.”
Samsung Heavy Industries said the floating foundation draws on the company’s 40 years of experience with offshore structures. It said the structure “is an optimised design ensuring safety in the extreme marine environment.”
The company said it would “advance into the market targeting the government-led Donghae-1 floating wind project.” Although a small-scale project, Donghae-1 forms part of a much larger plan announced by the South Korean government to develop large-scale offshore windfarms.
Samsung Heavy Industries said it began development of the floater model in October 2020 before successfully completing tank testing at the Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering in March 2021, when it was joined by classification societies, government agencies and partners in the Donghae-1 project, GIG-TotalEnergies, Shell, Equinor and KEPCO.
Samsung Heavy Industries vice president offshore Wang K Lee said the floater, “will enable us to make forays into the renewable energy sector using our capacity to build large-scale offshore plants.” He said the development is also “aligned with the South Korean Government’s Green New Deal policy.”
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