’MunmuBaram’ Joint Venture established by Shell and CoensHexicon for floating wind project in South Korea
Sep 1, 2021
Joint Venture aims to develop and operate a 1.4 gigawatt floating offshore wind farm in South Korea. The proposed wind farm will help in South Korea’s energy transition and decarbonization journey.
‘MunmuBaram’, a joint venture (JV), is formally established by Shell Overseas Investments B.V. and CoensHexicon Co., LTD. with the aim to develop and operate a 1.4 gigawatt (GW) floating offshore wind project off the south-east coast of South Korea. Stakes in the ‘MunmuBaram’ JV are held by Shell (80%) and CoensHexicon (20%).
The project, which is currently at a feasibility assessment stage, is located between 65 and 80 kilometres from the city of Ulsan South Korea. The total project site covers an area of approximately 240km2 with water depths ranging between 120 and 160 metres making the site suitable for floating foundations. Subject to future investment decisions, MunmuBaram project will be developed in phase(s) and once constructed, expected to generate up to 4.65-terawatt hour (TWh) of clean energy every year.
“With Shell’s long-standing history in South Korea, we are proud to expand our activities into floating offshore wind. Korea’s capabilities in the fabrication of offshore facilities and shipbuilding could play a pivotal role in the development and fabrication of floating offshore wind foundations not only for Korea but also for the region and beyond.” said Joe Nai, Shell’s General Manager, Offshore Wind Asia. “Shell views offshore wind energy as a key part of a net-zero energy system, both in South Korea and globally, and we are excited to work with our partner, CoensHexicon, on this opportunity which could, if realized, provide renewable power from floating offshore wind to over 1 million Korean households.”
“We are excited to be part of MunmuBaram and to have joined forces with Shell on this exciting project,” said Steve Seo, CEO, CoensHexicon. “In addition to the current wind farm, CoensHexicon is also developing new areas in South Korea and looks forward to continue supporting the country’s energy transition where floating wind energy may form a significant share of the renewable energy mix.”
“MunmuBaram is well positioned to support South Korea’s energy transition,” said YoungKyu Ju, Project Director. “Whilst leveraging Shell’s global experiences and CoensHexicon’s local expertise, MunmuBaram will work closely with local partners and stakeholders to successfully develop one of the first floating offshore wind projects in Korea and contribute to the overall industry growth, local communities, and job creations.”
Since August 2020, the project is collecting a range of measurements, including critical offshore wind data at the project location. With the collected data, MunmuBaram plans to apply for Electricity Business License (EBL) in September 2021. In July 2021, MunmuBaram conducted geophysical survey and now conducting a geotechnical survey, the first among the other developers in the same area, to gather data required for project execution strategy and front-end engineering design.
The proposed floating offshore wind project would be a significant development towards South Korea’s ‘Renewable Energy 3020 Plan’, which aims to increase domestic renewable energy generation to 20% of the energy mix by the year 2030 and will assist in meeting South Korea’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.
More details on the JV and the project can be found on the JV website: http://www.munmubaram.com
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MunmuBaram Co., Ltd.
‘MunmuBaram’ is a joint venture between Shell and CoensHexicon with the aim to develop and operate up to a 1.4 GW floating offshore wind project, located offshore South-East Korea, between 65 and 80 km from the city of Ulsan, South Korea. Stakes in the ‘MunmuBaram’ JV are held by Shell (80%) and CoensHexicon (20%). For more information, visit www.munmubaram.com.
Story behind naming
‘MunmuBaram’ is a compound name conjoining ‘Munmu’, derived from King Munmu, who unified the Three Kingdoms during the Silla dynasty in Korea, and ‘Baram’ which is the Korean word for wind. Ulsan, where the project is located, is the legendary location where King Munmu’s queen had submerged herself under a great rock in the sea east of Ulsan to become the nation’s protector. The name ‘MunmuBaram’ also carries the joint venture’s ambitious goal that it will lead the transition in the Korean energy industry, bearing King Munmu’s spirit.