Equinor and RPS launch lidar buoys in South-Korea

Equinor and RPS launch lidar buoys in South-Korea

Equinor is planning to develop the floating offshore wind project Firefly.Over the next year, a feasibility study into the viability of wind resource will be conducted.


RPS was engaged to deliver two Floating LiDAR buoys to collect the data that will determine future investment decisions. They were deployed into the East Sea from Ulsan, marking a significant project milestone.


Commenting on the launch, RPS Managing Director Energy AAP, Murray Burling said, “To ensure the commercial viability of an offshore wind farm, our clients need reliable resource data to support their project feasibility assessment.“Developing a design that maximises data accuracy and return through reliability, while making the process of information gathering easier, safer and more cost-effective for our clients, is our primary concern.”

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Equinor Managing Director and Country Office Manager for South Korea, Jacques-Etienne Michel said:

“We are pleased to see the Floating LiDARs being deployed. The data gathered through this feasibility study will be important to determine the way forward for what could be Asia’s first floating offshore wind farm. To get there, we are looking forward to collaborating with all partners as we see strong potential in developing offshore wind in South Korea.”


The buoys will be moored some 80 km offshore of Ulsan for the next year, collecting wind and wave data to determine the resource viability. Data will be transmitted every 10 minutes via satellite communications.The RPS Floating LiDAR 4.5 buoy design is environmentally friendly and Level 2 Certified qualifying them to collect bankable wind resource data for clients.


South Korea has ambitious plans to develop 12GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

The lidar buoys are used by the renewable energy industry for accurately measuring wind speed and direction.

Source / More information : RPS


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