LOC Bags New Offshore Wind Gig in Korea

Korea Offshore Wind Power (KOWP) and Swiss Re have awarded LOC Group a contract for marine warranty surveying (MWS) services on the 60MW test phase of Korea’s Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project.

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LOC’s contract for services will run from the second quarter of 2017 until early 2019.

The project, which will include twenty 3MW wind turbines from Korean manufacturer Doosan, and an offshore high voltage substation, is being built by KOWP, a subsidiary of Korean utility KEPCO.

The project 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-legged jacket (developed by POSCO) will be used on the site.

Zhoongkeun Kim, Country Manager at LOC Korea, said: “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 its test phase meets the highest technical and international standards for offshore engineering.”

LOC Korea has also provided MWS to Korea’s first offshore wind farm, the 30MW Tamra project off the southern island of Jeju, which began producing power in September 2016.