Shell and Hexicon have selected Danish wind turbine company Vestas as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the MunmuBaram offshore wind project in South Korea.

The 1.3GW offshore wind facility is a joint venture between Shell and Hexicon.

Vestas Asia-Pacific (APAC) president Purvin Patel said: “We are honoured to have been selected as the preferred supplier for the MunmuBaram floating offshore wind project and the trust that the customers placed in Vestas.

“We are excited to engage in this innovative project that spearheads the global offshore wind industry and underlines our ambition to partner with customers and suppliers to make floating offshore wind energy profitable, scalable and serviceable.

“Vestas continues its ambition to be a leader in offshore wind and we remain committed to contribute to South Korea’s clean energy target, in close partnership with our customers.”

If the project materialises, Vestas will supply 84 of its V236-15.0MW turbines to the offshore facility, which is located offshore from South Korea’s south-east coast.

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The company said the turbines will be installed on floating foundations that will have water depths of between 120m and 150m.

Vestas will also provide maintenance services for the wind farm for a 20-year period.

MunmuBaram project director YoungKyu Ju said: “Large-scale turbines will make floating offshore wind projects more economically feasible by improving the yields.

“For stable operation of large-scale turbines, the integration with floating foundations (floaters) is essential.

“This agreement will help develop a competitive floating offshore wind business model by optimising Vestas’ 15MW turbines with locally produced floaters.

“We look forward to helping Korea’s offshore wind industry grow through the successful development of commercial-scale floating offshore wind projects.”

In a separate development, Vestas has won a contract from TagEnergy to provide engineering procurement and construction services for the first stage of the Golden Plains wind farm in Victoria, Australia.