However, over the past six months the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm has been taking shape, in the form of the 30MW Tamra project, also in waters around Jeju Island.
Ten 3MW turbines, made by Doosan, were installed over the summer, with grid connection and full commissioning expected to be completed over the next few months.
“Tamra is a huge step for South Korea,” says Hans Rijntalder, managing director of Netherlands-based offshore-wind engineering consultancy Wind Minds, which advises on offshore wind projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
“It has helped the government and the industry to understand what is required to establish an offshore wind sector. They know what is needed now.”