MoU inked for 8.2 GW South Korean wind farm

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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.



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