Under a memorandum of understanding, Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) and Doosan Enerbility would investigate potential products and services optimized for South Korea's offshore wind market while exploring a supply chain and related industries. Doosan Enerbility is a key player in South Korea's power industry.
"We are delighted to start to work with Doosan Enerbility in investigating a strategic cooperation in Korea," SGRE's offshore business unit CEO Marc Becker said in a statement posted on his company's website on June 26.
The two sides would investigate strategic cooperation in the sharing of major services including the construction of new production facilities in South Korea, the supply of wind turbine parts, the installation of offshore wind turbines, and maintenance.
"By combining SGRE’s global business know-how with our own technological capabilities accumulated over the years, we will be able to improve more rapidly our competitiveness in the offshore wind power business," said Sohn Seung-woo, a Doosan Enerbility executive vice president in charge of power service sales and marketing.
Floating wind turbines located in deep waters can reduce visual pollution, provide better accommodation for fishing and shipping lanes, and reach stronger and more consistent winds. Large and high-speed blades for huge wind turbines are important for efficiently utilizing wind energy. Doosan Enerbility has been involved in a state project to develop a blade with a capacity of eight megawatts and a length of 100 meters.
In an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuel and nuclear power for electricity generation, the government of ex-president Moon Jae-in has endorsed a number of wind power projects. However, floating offshore wind farms fell behind the priorities of South Korea's energy policy after Yoon Suk-yeol from the conservative People Power Party took office as new president in May.
Yoon questioned the usefulness of floating wind power generation, overturned Moon's "nuclear-exit" policy of phasing out nuclear power plants, and vowed to actively revitalize South Korea's struggling nuclear power industry, insisting that nuclear power plants are an essential factor in restoring industrial competitiveness.
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