Dangjin power station
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Dangjin power station (당진화력) is a 6,040 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station, currently operating at 5,923 MW, owned by Korea East-West Power Company in Dangjin, South Korea.
The plant is #3 on the list of Top ten largest coal plants in the world.
The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is located in Dangjin, Chungchongnam, about 70 km south-west of Seoul, in South Korea.
Background on Plant
Conversion to gas
South Korea plans to shut a total of 15.3GW of coal-fired capacity by 2034, according to a draft of the country's ninth basic electricity plan, of which 12.7GW will be switched to run on imported gas.
The following power stations have plans to convert from coal to gas:
- Dangjin power station Units 1 and 2 in 2029 (2 * 500 MW)
- Dangjin power station Units 3 and 4 in 2030 (2 * 500 MW)
- Samchonpo power station Unit 5 in 2027 (500 MW)
- Samchonpo power station Unit 6 in 2028 (500 MW)
- Yeongheung power station Units 1 and 2 in 2034 (2 * 800 MW)
Description of Expansion
Two new units, 9 and 10, were added in July and September of 2016. Although designed at 1,020 MW, the units were operating at 930 and 993 respectively due to turbine problems.
Financing was provided through bonds from the following entities: National Pension Service (US$374,844,730), NongHyup Life Insurance (US$82,284,131), Nonghyup Bank (US$45,713,406), Nonghyup Property and Casualty Insurance (US$27,428,044), NH Investment Securities (US$732,336,986), Korea Post (US$69,479,939), IBK Affiliates (US$27,426,596), and Industrial Bank of Korea (US$99,649,964).
One of the largest plants in the world
In July and December 2016, two 1020 MW units were completed, raising the capacity of the plant from 4,000 MW to 6,040 MW, although turbine problems with Units 9 (operating at 930 MW due to turbine problems) and Unit 10 (operating at 993 MW due to turbine problems) reduced the plant's overall capacity to 5,923 MW (according to press reports) or 5,860.2 MW (according to Korea East-West Power Company.) The plant is the third largest in the world, behind Datang Tuoketuo power station in China and Taean power station in South Korea. (See Top ten largest coal plants in the world.)
Project Details: Unit 9 and Unit 10 Expansion
- Sponsor: Korea East-West Power Company
- Parent company: Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
- Location: Dangjin, South Korea
- Coordinates: 37.05513, 126.5122247 (exact)
- Status: Operating (Unit 9), Operating (Unit 10)
- Gross Capacity: Unit 9: designed at 1,020 MW, but operating at 930 MW as of November 2016 due to turbine problems; Unit 10: designed at 1,020 MW but operating at 993 as of November 2016 due to turbine problems
- Type: Ultra-supercritical
- Projected in service: 2016 (Unit 9), 2016 (Unit 10)
- Coal Type: Bituminous
- Coal Source:
- Source of financing: National Pension Service (US$374,844,730), NongHyup Life Insurance (US$82,284,131), Nonghyup Bank (US$45,713,406), Nonghyup Property and Casualty Insurance (US$27,428,044), NH Investment Securities (US$732,336,986), Korea Post (US$69,479,939), IBK Affiliates (US$27,426,596), and Industrial Bank of Korea (US$99,649,964)
Additional Site Details
- Planned Unit Retirements: Units 1 & 2 are scheduled to close by 2029; Units 3 & 4 by 2030; Unit 5 by 2035; Unit 6 by 2036; Units 7 & 8 by 2037; Unit 9 by 2045.
Articles and resources
- "Dangjin coal-fired power complex, South Korea," Engineering News, accessed Jan 2014.
- "Dangjin power station," GEO, accessed Aug 2015
- "South Korea to convert half of existing coal fleet to gas," Argus, May 11, 2020
- "온실가스 논란 속에 대용량 석탄시대 진입," 건설경제신문, 22 November 2016
- "Financing Dirty Energy: How Korean Public Financial Institutions Support Coal Power". Solutions for Our Climate. January 2018.
- "Dangin Coal-Fired Power Complex," Korea East-West Power Company website, accessed 3 January 2017
- "Assessing the Health Benefits of a Paris-Aligned Coal Phase Out for South Korea," Annex II (Unit-level phase out schedules), Climate Analytics, May 2021