Equinor and East-West Power ink 3 GW offshore wind agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/11/2021 Equinor
Equinor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korean East-West Power (EWP) to cooperate on 3 GW of offshore wind projects in South Korea.

Equinor has been in South Korea since 2014. The offshore energy company has experience with Korean shipyards, having worked with local suppliers to support the construction of platforms and vessels. It is also the operator of the the
Hywind Scotland (30MW) floating wind farm and currently constructing the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm under development, Hywind Tampen (88 MW), both in the North Sea. While both these wind farms apply the Hywind technology, Equinor will use the Wind Semi for its projects in South Korea as this technology has been developed specifically for Korean waters and local conditions.

The Wind Semi has a simple substructure design featuring a passive ballast system. It consists of a flat plate design that is free from bracings, heave plates and nodes. Furthermore, Equinor highlighters its harbour draught of less than 10 m, the Wind Semi’s turbine integration can be assembled at most industrialised ports. The Wind Semi’s simpler flat plate design enables the substructure to be built in blocks that can either be fabricated locally and/or shipped from other locations.

“South Korea aims to become one of the leading global markets for offshore wind in the next decade. Together with EWP, we are ready to contribute to the country’s plans, in the short and the long-term. We want to develop the first commercial floating offshore wind farm in South Korea. We have worked with the Korean supply chain for many years and know its qualities and capabilities. We see a big potential to leverage our experience in building a new industry together with Korea’s world-class supply chain”,
said Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president in Renewables at Equinor.