Ch'ollima Steel Complex steel plant

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Ch'ollima Steel Complex steel plant (천리마제강연합기업소 (Korean) and 千里馬製鋼聯合企業所 (Chinese)), also known as Chollima Steel Works and Posan Iron Works and Gangson Steel Mill, and formerly known as Kangson Works steel plant is a 750 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) steel plant operating in Nampo, South Pyongan, North Korea.


The map below shows the location of the steel plant in Nampo, South Pyongan, North Korea.

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  • Location: Nampo, South Pyongan Province, North Korea[1]
  • Coordinates (WGS 84): 38.926348, 125.582628 (exact)



Ch'ollima Steel Complex was constructed while Korea was under Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945. The plant was rebuilt with support from former USSR and China.[2]

Steel for weapons development

In March 2020, Daily NK reported that North Korea is aiming to increase its production of steel for weapons development, with the goal of selling these weapons abroad for foreign currency.[3]

Plant Details

Table 1: General Plant Details

Plant status Start date Power source
operating[4] 1956[4] December (Nampo) power station[5]

Table 2: Ownership and Parent Company Information

State-owned entity status State-owned entity department Parent company Parent company PermID Owner Owner company PermID
full[1] Ministry of Metal and Machine-Building Industries[1] Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (Government) [100%][1] 5001424116 [100%] Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (Government)[1] 5001424116

Table 3: Process and Products

Steel product category Steel products
semi-finished; finished rolled[6] plates, wire rod[6]

Table 4: Crude Steel Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):

Nominal crude steel capacity (total)
760 TTPA[7][8]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Archived from the original on 2022-01-11. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. North Korea Handbook, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, M.E. Sharpe, Dec. 27, 2002
  3. N. Korea ramps up steel production for weapons development, Jang Seul Gi, Daily NK, Mar. 19, 2020, Retrieved on: May 27, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 Archived from the original on 2022-03-19. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Archived from the original on 2022-03-18. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Archived from the original on 2020-09-27. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-10-23. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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