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By Brian Publicover in Tokyo
Tuesday, May 21 2013
The industrial group, based in the southeastern city of Ulsan, is currently assembling the nacelle for the HQ5500/140 prototype, developed with US technology group AMSC’s Windtec division.
For the first stage of the 5.5MW offshore prototype’s two-phase testing process, HHI will install the turbine off the northeast coast of Jeju, an island province to the south of the Korean peninsula.
HHI spokesperson Moon-ju Kim told Recharge the company is on schedule to finish the first phase of testing by the fourth quarter of next year.
Asked whether it plans to carry out second-phase testing in Europe, Kim said it had yet to solidify its plans.
“We’re considering extending our offshore wind business in the North or Baltic Sea areas, to the UK or Germany in the near future,” Kim tells Recharge.
The government-led initiative, which involves six utilities, including Korean Electric Power Co (KEPCO), is still in the early stages of development off the coast of Jeollanam and Jeollabuk provinces.
The project will test 20 different turbines from a range of Korean manufacturers.
The Seoul government wants to install 100MW of offshore turbines
this year, 900MW by 2016 and 1.5GW by 2019, for a total investment of roughly
12tln won ($10.8bn).
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