Equinor in South Korea
South Korea is transforming its energy mix from nuclear power and coal to renewable energy. The share of renewable energy in its power production is estimated to increase to 20% by 2030; aiming to add 49GW to its renewable production capacity by 2030, of which solar power accounts for 36,5GW and wind power 17,7GW.
Equinor opened our country office in South Korea in 2014, and since then we have carried out the construction of the topsides for the Mariner and Aasta Hansteen platforms, the Aasta Hansteen hull, two Category-J rigs, and two platforms for Johan Sverdrup in South Korea.
As a broad energy company developing oil, gas, wind and solar, we see a broad potential for developing offshore wind off the Korean coastline. In addition to developing the Firefly Wind Farm, we are aiming to develop a 200 MW floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Ulsan together with our partners Korean National Oil Company and East West Power.
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Deploying floating LiDARs
Equinor has started conducting wind measurements needed to further look into the possibility of developing and constructing a floating offshore wind project off the coast of Ulsan in South Korea.
In June 2020, the floating offshore wind project Firefly passed an important milestone when two floating wind resource measurement buoys (LiDARs) were deployed in the East Sea offshore Ulsan. Over a period of one year, these LiDARs will conduct metocean data measurements.
The LiDAR buoys delivered by RPS will be moored some 80 km out to sea, collecting wind and wave data to determine the resource viability.
The wind and wave data gathered through this measurement campaign will serve as an important basis for the further development of the project. A year’s worth of certified measurements will allow Equinor to apply for a power business licence for (EBL) the wind farm.
We are looking forward to collaborating with partners, stakeholders and suppliers as we see strong potential in developing floating offshore wind in South Korea.