Ch'ollima Steel Complex steel plant

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Ch'ollima Steel Complex (천리마제강연합기업소 (Korean), 千里馬製鋼聯合企業所 (Chinese)) is a steel plant in Nampo, South Pyongan Province, North Korea.[1]


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

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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

  • Private/State ownership: state-owned (Ministry of Metal and Machine-Building Industries)[1]
  • Parent company: Government of North Korea[1]
  • Owner: Government of North Korea[1]
  • Alternative plant names: Chollima Steel Works and Posan Iron Works, Gangson Steel Mill
  • Other language plant name: 천리마제강연합기업소 (Korean), 千里馬製鋼聯合企業所 (Chinese)
  • Location: Nampo, South Pyongan Province, North Korea[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: 38.729864, 125.414672 (approximate)
  • Plant status: operating[4]
  • Start year: Colonial era (1910-1945)[2]
  • Production capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):
    • Crude steel: 760[5]
  • Steel product category: flat, long[6]
  • Steel products: plates, wire rod[6]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Kim Ch'aek Iron and Steel Complex, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Apr. 1, 2003 Retrieved on: May 27, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. Developments in Steelmaking Capacity of Non-OECD Economies 2013, OECD Publishing, Aug. 12, 2014
  5. 2016 Minerals Yearbook North Korea, USGS, Oct. 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 North Korea Development Report 2002/03, Edited by Choong Yong Ahn, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

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