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Doosan Starts Operation of Korea’s First 3MW Offshore Wind Turbine System

Demonstration plant constructed in waters off Woljeong-ri, Jeju Island offers rated output of 3 MW
Only several firms worldwide have track records in operation of offshore wind power systems; Doosan secures springboard to advance into foreign market

Doosan Starts Operation

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (Vice Chairman Geewon Park) announced on July 10 that it has completed a test run of the 3 MW offshore wind power generation system installed in waters off Jeju Island, having succeeded in producing an official output of 3MW, under a state project conducted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning.

The system, which has been installed in waters some 1.5 km from the coastal village of Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju City, rises 80 meters above the water’s surface, and is equipped with blades extending 45 meters. The system is capable of generating sufficient power output for more than 1,000 households.

Only a few firms in the world, including Vestas of Denmark and Siemens of Germany, have developed a 3MW-class or larger offshore wind power system and built up an operational track record. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has laid an important foundation for making inroads into overseas offshore wind power markets. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction plans to further develop and augment its technology and operational know-how through the offshore demonstration project.

The global offshore wind power market is projected to grow at an annual average rate of over 30 percent, and the cumulative volume of systems installed will likely increase from 4 GW in 2011 to 99 GW in 2025. Notably, 3MW offshore wind power systems are a mainstream product, accounting for 60 percent of the global offshore wind power market in 2011.

Dong-soo Suh, head of the Power Business Group at Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, said, “With the successful execution of our demonstration operation, we have secured credibility worldwide regarding our fundamental technology and our capacity to construct offshore wind power systems as a global supplier of wind power systems.”

The installation of the 3MW wind power system in Jeju has been implemented as a state project by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. The system underwent an inland testing operation in March 2011, and was the first 3MW offshore wind power system in Korea to acquire international type-certification from DEWI-OCC, a professional certification agency based in Germany.

Since receiving an order to install three wind power generators at the Shinan Wind Power Complex in Shinan County, South Jeolla Province in late 2010, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has gone on to receive win orders for fifteen more wind power systems, and is currently producing and installing them. While continuing the development of additional offshore wind power system models, the company plans to target the domestic market, including the 2.5GW wind power project in Korea’s southwestern offshore regions, and to make inroads into overseas markets in the coming years.

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