December (Nampo) power station

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December (Nampo) power station (12월 화력발전소) is a mothballed power station in Nampo City, Chollima, South Pyongan, North Korea.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
December (Nampo) power station Nampo City, Chollima, South Pyongan, North Korea 38.92144, 125.56617 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 38.92144, 125.56617

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 mothballed coal - unknown 50 subcritical 1997

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Ministry of Electric Power (North Korea) [100.0%]


A 2015 report by the Korea Development Bank (KDB산업은행) provided background on the power station, including the following details (Google Translate): [1][2]

  • The combined heat and power plant was built to supply the electricity required by the Chollima/Cheonlima Steel Coalition (천리마제강연합기업소에) (likely related to Ch'ollima Steel Complex steel plant);
  • Construction started in January 1987 with the goal of completion by 1989, but the completion was delayed due to lack of materials;
  • In 1989, the Daehan Heavy Machinery Association "promoted the production of 50 MW power generation facilities to be used in the power plant";
  • In 1990, part of the chimney work and the roof work of the power plant were completed, and the rebar assembly work of the boiler room and coal storage building, and the steel tower work of the substation facilities were carried out;
  • In 1993, Kim Il-sung ordered the expedited completion of the power plant;
  • In 1997, four out of eight 50 MW units were completed but due to facility defects, etc., "the construction has not progressed and is in a state of neglect."

Related sources suggested that in 1996, one generator 1 (50MW) was partially operated out of a total 150MW.[2][3]

A 2016 report by the North Korea Development Institute listed the capacity as 150 MW (3x50 MW).[4] An undated Korea Electricity Industry Promotion Association (KOEMA) power system spreadsheet listed the proposed capacity as 400 MW, with the plant under construction in 1992.[5]

An updated report from 2020 by the Korea Development Bank (KDB산업은행) provided the same information on the plant as in 2015, but with a remark that the plant has not been in operation for a long time and is in a state of unfinished construction. It was also excluded from the calculation of North Korea's power generation capacity, as per the report.[6]

As of October 2023, the 50 MW power station still appeared on the North Korean Ministry of Unification website, but there was no indication of the plant's operative status.[7]

Articles and Resources


  1. “The North Korea’s Industry” (북한의산업.pdf), KDB산업은행, December 2015, available for download at North Korea Information Portal (, Ministry of Unification
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Major Power Plants". nkinfo.unikorea.go.k. unknown. Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= and |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. “12월화력발전소,” Ministry of Unification, North Korea Information Portal (
  4. “최신 북한 전력산업 동향 및 향후 협력전망,” 북한발전연구원, 2016
  5. "화력발전소(중형급) 위치 및 정보," 남북 전력발전, accessed November 2021
  6. [download at the bottom of the page, info on pages 284 and 325) (2021). "2020 The North Korea's Industry - Volume 1".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 12월화력발전소 ’에 대한 검색결과 총23건, Ministry of Unification (North Korea), Accessed: October 26, 2023

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