Equinor selects GeoView for geophysical survey for Firefly/Bandibuli Floating Offshore Wind Farm

From right deputy project director for the Firefly/Bandibuli Project Dohyun Park, Equinor’s procurement director for the Firefly/Bandibuli floating offshore wind project in South Korea Embret Johnsgaard, Hyun-do Kim, CEO GeoView and In Seok Park, Director GeoView.

April 28, 2022. Korea.  Equinor, a Norwegian state-owned energy company, announced it has selected GeoView, a South Korean marine surveying company, for subsea geophysical surveying and mapping for the Firefly/Bandibuli floating offshore wind site located off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.

Equinor is currently developing the 800 MW Firefly/Bandibuli floating offshore wind farm about 70km offshore from Ulsan.

“This contract with GeoView is another milestone for Equinor in building a strong partnership with local Korean partners to develop our offshore wind projects. Having access to a capable Korean supply chain is key for our projects, and our investment in developing this also bears testament of our long-term ambitions in Korea” says Embret Johnsgaard, Equinor’s procurement director for the Firefly/Bandibuli offshore wind project.

“It has been important for us to choose a strong local partner who is familiar with the stakeholders and regulations for this kind of work. We look forward to a strong cooperation with Geoview as well as local fishermen and their organisations in conducting safe and accurate surveys as Ulsan moves towards its goal of becoming a world-class, clean energy city,” says Dohyun Park, deputy project director for the Firefly/Bandibuli project.

GeoView specializes in marine surveys such as seabed topography mapping, geophysical surveys and more. The company operates its own marine survey vessel GeoView No 1, which will be mobilized from Onsan port in Ulsan for this project starting this spring. GeoView is also familiar with the area and have done previous geophysics surveys in this area.

“This contract is another steppingstone on the way to develop a portfolio of world class offshore wind assets in Korea. We are proud to be part of diversifying South Korea’s energy mix, helping decarbonize the domestic power supply and contribute to a more diversified energy landscape”, says Jacques-Etienne Michel, country managing director for Equinor Korea.

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