Anin power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Anin power station (강릉 안인) is a proposed 2,080-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Gangwon Province, South Korea.


The map below shows where the plant is proposed to be built in the city of Gangneung.

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Background on Plant

The Anin Thermoelectric Power Plant is proposed to be located just south of the city of Gangneung in Gangwon Province, South Korea. It would consist of two 1,040 MW ultra-supercritical units, which were initially planned to be completed in 2019 and 2020.[1][2]

The project was permitted in October 2015. In January 2017 it was reported that the plant was held up due to ongoing disputes over land compensation. Gangnung Eco Power said the company expected construction to begin the first half of the year and be completed by 2022. The Kangnung Environmental Movement Coalition and some members of the parliament of the Gangneung City Council are calling for the construction plan to be canceled.[3]

Possible cancellation or replacement with gas

With the election of Moon Jae-in as president in May 2017 it is unclear the project will go forward, as he campaigned on suspending coal-fired power plants less than 10 percent into construction, which would include Anin.[4][5] Plant sponsors argue the license application has been made and development is 14% complete, and the plant should therefore be exempted from any suspension on coal plant construction. However, the plant has yet to be licensed and, as of May 2017, no construction has begun.[6]

In September 2017 the government released a statement saying it will push to transform coal-fired power plants less than 10% constructed into LNG-fired power turbines.[7]

Construction begins, coal plant allowed

In June 2017 it was reported that the plant was under construction and 15% complete, and therefore exempt from the government's plan to convert coal units less than 10% complete to gas.[8]

In March 2018, Samsung was awarded the contract to construct the plant.[9]

Operation is planned for 2023.[10] In June 2020, it was reported the plant was 45% complete.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Gangnung Eco Power
  • Parent company: KEPCO
  • Developer: Samsung
  • Location: Gangneung city, Gangwon Province
  • Coordinates: 37.733159, 128.979405 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Capacity: 2,080 MW (Units 1&2: 1,040 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2023
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: KDB infrastructure investment management (42%), Korea Development Bank (29%), SK Gas (19%)[12]

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