MoU inked for 8.2 GW South Korean wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 14/01/2022 TÜV SÜD

TÜV SÜD Korea and Shinan-gun, a county on the southwest coast of South Korea, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KEPCO KPS (Korea Electric Power Corporation’s Plant Service & Engineering), to cooperate in the establishment of an industrial O&M (Operation & Maintenance) ecosystem for Shinan offshore wind farm zone.

The Shinan wind farm zone it is expected to be capable of hosting up to 8.2 GW of electricity and meeting the needs of the 12-million population of Seoul and Incheon. The project is a component of South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s Green New Deal, initiated in 2020 to curb reliance on fossil fuels. It is to be developed in multiple phases.

Companies such as Korea Electric Power Corp, SK E&S, Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co, are involved in the realisation of the Shinan wind farm zone. It is anticipated that KRW 48 trillion (USD 43 billion) will be invested by 2030 and more than 1,600 O&M personnel will be required for its construction.

TÜV SÜD Korea will establish a training centre and develop a specialised training system at Shinan-gun to ensure occupational safety for the wind turbine experts.

“The larger the power generation capacity, the bigger the wind turbine blades and the higher the towers. The recently constructed wind turbines are 130m high, equivalent to the height of a 45-storey building. Also, wind turbines are in areas with strong gusts of wind, which can be dangerous to workers. Safety training is not a choice but a necessity”, said Jung-Wook Seo, Managing Director of TÜV SÜD Korea.

TÜV SÜD Korea stated its training for wind-turbine technicians will be designed to train personnel in accordance with the international standards for offshore and onshore wind farm O&M.

The first floating LiDAR calibration site in South Korea will open near Jaeun Island at Shinan-gun during the period of this MoU. TÜV SÜD Korea will be operating the site, which aims to provide reliable floating LiDAR for offshore wind-power resource investigation.

“Korea and Germany share many similarities: Both countries are industrialised, export-oriented and innovation-driven with a focus on manufacturing and future-oriented industries. Today’s MoU sends a strong signal, showing that Germany and Korea are joining hands to tackle the security of energy supply and climate change and that our countries are walking the path towards more sustainability together”, said Peter Winkler, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy Seoul, who attended the event on behalf of Ambassador Michael Reiffenstuel.