Korea unveils plan for massive offshore windfarmsNews // September 21, 2010
Yonhap News Agency says South Korea will soon launch a 9 trillion won (US$7.8 billion) project to build the country's largest offshore wind power complex.
The South Korean government has said it will build a "proving area" in the Yellow Sea by 2012 to test some 20 turbines from various manufacturers, but this is the first time the government's follow-up steps have been confirmed.
Following the completion of the first-stage construction of 20 test turbines the government will build an "experimental complex" with 200 5MW turbines, according to officials from the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.
By 2019, the country will have 1,000 wind turbines out in the sea, some 30km off the coast of South and North Jeolla provinces, producing up to 5 GW of electricity per hour.