13 Jul 2021
RPS is delighted to have been chosen as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) consultant for the proposed ‘Firefly’ project, a floating offshore wind development off Ulsan, South Korea.
Firefly will be capable of generating an estimated 800 MW, contributing to South Korea’s Green New Deal ambitions to expand offshore wind capacity to 12 GW by 2030. The Firefly project is being developed by Equinor; RPS and Equinor are both committed to South Korea’s potential as an important, growing market for floating offshore wind.
RPS will conduct Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Firefly project – a vital stage early in the project’s development to identify and evaluate the project potential impacts on the natural and human environment. Our experience and deep understanding of the development process will ensure compliance with both local regulations and international financing standards.
Sam (Sangmok) Roh, RPS Country Manager, South Korea, said, “We’re excited by the prospect of supporting the Equinor team on such a prestigious project. Our team has a proven track record of delivering offshore wind consents: between us, we have the expertise, the resources and the local knowledge to overcome any challenges the project may encounter.”
Helping to tailor consents to Korean requirements, via the Local EIA, will be RPS’ local delivery partner, Sekwang Engineering Consultants. Sekwang’s team includes highly experienced local EIA experts, as well as providing broad expertise and rich experience in maritime engineering and infrastructure.
Alun Williams, RPS Global Offshore Renewables Director, commented, “RPS has fielded a strong team with a robust approach to support consenting for this important stage of the Firefly project. Our work on the ESIA will support Equinor to progress their plans for the project and is a natural progression from our previous work together in the region.”
RPS previously partnered with Equinor at an earlier stage of the Firefly project, delivering two Floating LiDAR buoys to collect data for a feasibility study. The data is being used to investigate the viability of wind resource as part of examining the case for future investment.
Founded in 1970, RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000+ consultants and service providers. Having operated in 125 countries, across all six continents, RPS defines, designs and manages projects that create shared value for a complex, urbanising and resource scarce world.
RPS’ extensive offshore wind experience includes 20 years at the forefront of the industry, working across the UK, wider Europe, America, Australia and Asia. We have worked on both floating offshore wind and fixed foundation offshore wind projects, and we have deep experience in the provision of technical consultancy and operational support for the energy sector.
Past and present projects include sector firsts such as the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Hornsea One, Two and Three. We are currently delivering the Round 4 EIA and HRA for the bp and EnBW consortium and supporting the offshore approvals for Australia’s first offshore wind development, Star of the South. We are also providing marine subject matter expertise to support Vineyard Wind, the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind energy project.
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