Doosan and Koen forge South Korea offshore wind alliance

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction and Korea South-East Power Company (KOEN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the promotion of offshore wind farms in Korea.

With the signing of the MOU, the two companies agreed to cooperate on the 2 GW offshore wind farm projects being developed by KOEN in Gyeongin, Southwestern regions and Jeju island, as well as on the development of megawatt-class floating offshore wind power systems and complexes. Moreover, they agreed to engage in technology exchanges for “commercialisation of the 8 MW large-capacity offshore wind turbine,” a national project being executed by Doosan as the main contractor.

In 2013, KOEN completed construction of the Yeongheung wind farm, the first wind farm to be built in Korea, with Doosan supplying ten wind turbines (30 MW) for the project. KOEN is taking the lead in promoting the domestic wind power industry. In 2017, KOEN finished construction of the
Tamra offshore wind farm, Korea’s first commercial offshore wind farm, which was achieved via joint collaboration with Doosan using homegrown technology.

“This MOU should enable us to commercialize domestic offshore wind turbines by securing large-scale references. We will cooperate with KOEN to revitalize the wind power industry in Korea to keep ourselves aligned with the Korean government’s Green New Deal policy,”
said Inwon Park, CEO of Doosan Heavy’s Plant EPC Business Group.

Doosan developed Korea’s first 3 MW offshore wind turbine and received international certification for it in 2011, followed by another international certification for its 5.5 MW offshore wind turbine in July last year. The company plans to commercialise an 8 MW offshore wind turbine, the largest wind turbine to date in Korea, by 2022. The product’s differentiating feature will be the turbine blade, which is to be optimally designed to the maximum possible length for increased efficiency and created in a way to suit the wind conditions in Korea.

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