Four South Korean and foreign teams will take part in a project to build floating wind farms through cooperation with the city of Ulsan, South Korea. The city has been involved in green energy programs with government support.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed, regarding the cooperation between Ulsan and private investors for the construction, operation and management of floating offshore wind farms, along with the construction of local supply chains and the use of local enterprises.
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Namely, SK E&S, a South Korean energy company, will collaborate with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a company focused on energy infrastructure. In addition, Shell cooperated with CoensHexicon, an integrated service provider in South Korea. The two other parties involve the Green Investment Group (GIG) and Korea Floating Wind (KFWind), an offshore wind farm company.
For a period of two years, they will measure remote wind energy with laser equipment and survey sea surface topography, tidal currents, wave height and a marine ecosystem.
However, despite the fact that floating wind turbines in deep waters can reduce visual pollution, and provide better accommodation for fishing and shipping lanes, fishermen in Ulsan are opposed to offshore wind farms. They believe that they will interrupt their operating radius. They also expressed worries that marine habitats could be damaged by noise, vibration and a possible chemical leakage. To address these issues, Ulsan will carry out an environmental effects evaluation.