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Wood Thilsted makes waves in South Korean offshore wind

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 19/05/2023 Wood Thilsted

Wood Thilsted announces its foray into the South Korean offshore wind market. In a bold move, the company has relocated two of its highly skilled engineers, Jack Cran and Luke Graydon, to South Korea to support the development of approximately 10 potential fixed and floating offshore wind farms.

Working alongside Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP), Jack aims to bring his expertise in Geotechnical Engineering, while Luke will aim to lend his support in Floating Foundation Engineering. With the backing of the teams in Taiwan and Europe, this strategic move ensures that COP can tap into Wood Thilsted's full range of expertise.

This momentous step comes at an incredibly exciting time for the South Korean offshore wind market, as evidenced by a flurry of partnership announcements throughout 2023 from installers, fabricators, and developers. The remarkable level of activity highlights the immense potential for South Korea, thanks to its extensive coastline and favourable wind conditions.

Recognizing this tremendous opportunity, the South Korean government, as part of its Green New Deal, has set a target of generating over 20% of the country's power through renewables by 2030. Furthermore, the government aims to achieve a staggering 12 GW from offshore wind capacity, a hundredfold increase from the country's current 125 MW of offshore wind generating capacity. This powerful combination positions South Korea as a future global player in offshore wind power generation.

Commenting on this milestone, Hannah Abend, Wood Thilsted's Director of Growth, stated: "Korea has great ambitions in the offshore wind sector and Wood Thilsted is looking to make early hires to support the development of South Korean capabilities in offshore wind engineering. The first step to this approach is locating key WT team members in South Korea to work with our partners on South Korea’s exciting offshore wind projects, while also identifying and hiring future talent."

Johan Hodel Meincke, Wood Thilsted's regional lead for APAC, added: "Having established exceptionally strong partnerships in Taiwan that have enabled us to harness local talent and supply chains in ways other consultancies cannot, WT is looking to build up a similar network in South Korea that benefits local communities and the economy."

With Wood Thilsted's expertise and collaborative approach, the South Korean offshore wind market is set to embark on an extraordinary journey towards sustainable energy production. This strategic move signifies the beginning of a remarkable partnership that will shape the future of South Korea's offshore wind industry, empowering the nation to achieve its renewable energy goals while fostering local talent and prosperity.

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