June 29 (Renewables Now) - South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd (KRX:034020), or DHIC, said on Thursday it has been selected as the main contractor for a state project to develop an 8-MW offshore wind turbine.
The 8-MW Large-Capacity Offshore Wind Power System Development project is sponsored by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP). DHIC is one of five parties selected to execute the four-year, KRW-55-billion (USD 49.4m/ EUR 42.4m) project. The company will lead the design, manufacturing and demonstration of the 8-MW turbine. Human Composites will produce the blades, while Seil Engineering will design and manufacture the lower section. The Korea Institute of Material Science will provide blade design support and testing, and the Seoul National University(SNU) R&DB Foundation will develop measures to reduce blade noise.
According to the announcement, the turbine will be designed to be suitable for the local conditions which see frequent typhoons and low-velocity winds.
"With this new development, we will be able to expand our wind power system lineup to 8 MW from the current 3 MW and 5 MW lineup," said Jinwon Mok, head of DHIC's Power Service BG. Mok added that the development of the new model will help the company penetrate the overseas wind power market and will also help to increase the share of local supplier products in the domestic market.
South Korea aims to reach 17.7 GW of installed wind capacity by 2030, including about 14 GW offshore wind, DHIC noted.
(KRW 1,000 = USD 0.898/EUR 0.771)