K2 Management has brought together local expertise and international scope to steer one of Korea’s fastest commercial offshore wind farm projects through its initial concept phase and into development.
The Taean offshore wind farm will lie 25km off the north-west coast of South Korea in the Yellow Sea. The wind farm will be capable of generating 504MW of power and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2027.
K2 Management worked with local companies Dohwa Engineering and Taean Offshore to guide the project through both its initial concept and its front-end engineering design (FEED) stages and into development. Using its global links allowed K2 Management to bring international suppliers into the project, which will have wider benefits for the whole of the fledgling offshore wind market in South Korea.
The initial concept work included developing the wind farm layout, conducting an independent energy yield analysis, assessing the suitability of the site for a range of types of foundations, and estimating capital and operational expenses.
The FEED stage included scheduling the project, supporting the procurement of wind turbines, modelling capital and operational expenditure, designing turbine foundations and the accompanying offshore substation, and supplying geotechnical services, including three-dimensional ground modelling.
Taean’s offshore wind farm project was faced with the challenge of weak soil conditions. K2 Management used its expertise and experience to assess the suitability of a wide range of wind turbine foundations for the project, including monopiles, jackets, and suction connectors.
Sung-Won Jung, Country Director for K2 Management South Korea, said: “Offshore wind represents a significant opportunity for South Korea to meet its clean energy targets and provide sustainable, green jobs for local people. We are proud to have been selected as owner’s engineer for this project and are looking forward to supporting the project’s realisation."
Chan Seong Park, Vice President, Sung-Wook Park, General Director, and Gyu Young Kang, Project Manager in Dohwa said: “K2 Management supported comprehensive technical aspects during the preliminary feasibility study phase. The collaboration of technical expertise between K2 Management and Dohwa has been central to the successful progression of Taean Offshore Wind Farm to date. Dohwa and K2 Management have worked together with stakeholders since project conception and are delighted to be asked to continue to collaborate as the project moves into the next stage.”
“K2 Management has been involved in this project from the very start, providing expert consultation for the optimal location of the meteorological mast and actively participating in engineering, procurement, and project management. We were delighted to collaborate with the most reputable local engineering company and the most innovative developer in Korea, which played a key role in achieving the project’s outstanding success."