Havfram Studying Transport and Installation for Equinor’s South Korean Floating Wind Project

Equinor has awarded Havfram a contract for a transport and installation study on the 800 MW Firefly floating offshore wind project in South Korea.

The scope of the study includes transport and installation activities offshore as well as the supply and procurement of the inter-array cables and the mooring systems.

Havfram has already started working on the study from its Asia Pacific office in Perth, Australia.

“We look forward to working with Equinor on this highly anticipated project and aim to provide them with unique solutions and value-adding opportunities to assist them in the commercialization of floating offshore wind in Korea”, said Joel Ireland, Vice-President for APAC at Havfram.

The company’s CEO Odd Strømsnes said that this contract award built upon Havfram’s track record of executing major projects with Equinor, including the marine operations and mooring scopes for the Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea.

The 800 MW Firefly is planned to be built some 70 kilometres east of the Ulsan Port, in an area that consists of two sites with a size of 75 square kilometres each.

The wind farm will feature wind turbines supported by semi-submersible foundations with three mooring lines installed in water depths of between 200 metres and 250 metres.

In June 2020, two floating LiDARs were installed at the site to collect wind data for a period of over one year. Equinor began to measure wind conditions as part of a business feasibility study to develop the project.

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