Marine engineering company SeaRoc, part of the Natural Power group, has signed a joint agreement with marine technology specialists CDS Wind Ltd. of Seoul, Korea, designed to help further develop the offshore wind energy industry in Korea and China.
Working closely with the government, developers, wind turbine manufacturers, utilities, investors and financiers, the agreement aims to bridge the offshore wind energy success stories in Europe to the shores of Korea and China.
SeaRoc currently provides marine, engineering, health and safety, and data management services to offshore projects in the U.K., Europe and North America. SeaRoc will utilize its offshore experience, in conjunction with CDS' local knowledge and client base in Korea and China, where CDS currently consults on the technical, contracting and financing of offshore wind energy projects.
"This is a great moment in the history of Korea's offshore wind farm development," explains Kyoung Soo (Eugene) Kim, CEO and representative director at CDS Wind Ltd. "The Korean government and major heavy industries have made great efforts over the last couple of years to improve renewable energy industries – especially offshore wind development – but have had a lack of proper knowledge.
"Now, CDS Wind has a strong relationship with SeaRoc, who bring[s] extensive experience from Europe, so it will be a great chance to expedite the development of offshore wind and technology in Korea," he adds.