Equinor, partners ink deal for 200 MW of floating wind off S Korea

Signing ceremony. Image by: Korea East-West Power Corp.

July 9 (Renewables Now) - Norway’s Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR), Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) and Korea East-West Power Corporation have signed a consortium agreement for the development of a 200-MW floating offshore wind project in South Korea. 

The pact comes after in February, energy major Equinor and state-owned KNOC entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore opportunities for the development of commercial floating wind projects in South Korea. The Donghae 1 project in the southeastern part of the country will be the first one implemented under the partnership.

The consortium agreement for the scheme was signed last week, Korea East-West announced.

The 200-MW floating wind farm will be located 58 km (36 miles) off the coast of Ulsan City, in proximity to KNOC’s Donghae gas field platform. The partners will carry out a feasibility study, with the idea of launching construction activities in 2022. The start of power generation is planned for 2024.

South Korea is aiming at a 20% renewable power share by 2030, which would require 49 GW of new generation capacity, Equinor said previously.

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