LOC Group wins 60 MW offshore service contract in South Korea

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 - 13:00
Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project will include twenty 3 MW wind turbines from Korean manufacturer Doosan. (Graphic: Doosan)
Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project will include twenty 3 MW wind turbines from Korean manufacturer Doosan.(Graphic: Doosan)

LOC Korea will provide marine warranty surveying (MWS) services for the test phase of the Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project, being built by Korea Offshore Wind Power.

The international marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has been retained by Korea Offshore Wind Power (KOWP) and Swiss Re to carry out MWS services on the 60 MW test phase of Korea’s Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project. LOC’s contract for services will run from the second quarter of 2017 until early 2019.

The project will include twenty 3MW wind turbines from Korean manufacturer Doosan and an offshore high voltage substation. The windfarm is being built by KOWP, a subsidiary of Korean utility KEPCO. Furthermore, the scheme will provide an R&D opportunity for the construction team, with the installation of two different foundation types for comparison.

A combination of suction bucket type foundations developed by KEPRI and a Warren Truss type four leg jacket developed by POSCO, a multinational steel-marker headquartered in Pohang, will be used on the site.

Zhoongkeun Kim, Country Manager at LOC Korea, commented on the agreement: “The Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project shows Korea’s strong commitment to engineering and technical expertise in offshore wind development. Our marine warranty survey on behalf of Swiss Re will ensure the construction of the test phase meets the highest technical and international standards for offshore engineering.”

“LOC Korea were an ideal choice to provide MWS for KOWP. Their local team combines strong technical expertise with an understanding of local market needs, backed by extensive international experience,” said HyunTae Cho, Senior Engineering Underwriter at Swiss Re.

LOC Korea has already provided MWS to Korea’s first offshore wind farm, the 30 MW Tamra project off the southern island of Jeju, which began producing power in September 2016. Outside of Asia, the LOC Renewables team has provided engineering services to more than two thirds of offshore wind farms in Europe, and to a growing number of projects in North America.

LOC Group / Silke Funke

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