Goseong Green power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Goseong Green power station (고성그린파워) is a proposed 2,080-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.

Location

The map below shows the construction site of the plant in Goseong County, just southeast of the Samchonpo power station.

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Background on Plant

The power station would consist of two 1,040 MW units. Construction is planned to begin in 2016 and be completed in April 2021.[1]

The plant's implementation plan was approved in October 2015.[2] Construction began in February 2017. The plant is planned for completion in 2021.[3][4]

Possible cancellation or replacement with gas

South Korea's new president, elected in May 2017, said he will consider suspending coal-fired power plants less than 10 percent into construction.[5]

In April 2017, just before the presidential election, the plant's completion rate was reported at 8%. It was then reported as 14.5% on May 15, 15% on May 16, and 21% on May 23, raising questions about the legitimacy of the progress, since the plant is still planned for operation in April 2021.[6] Planet satellite photos suggest the only progress from February 2016 to April 2018 was land clearing.

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]

Project continues

The country's 8th Basic Plan for Long-Term Electricity Supply and Demand (2017-2031), finalized in December 2017, did not list the plant for conversion to gas, suggesting it may remain coal-fired.[8][9]

In March 2018 it was reported there were ongoing labor disputes at the plant site with project contractor SK Engineering & Construction.[10]

In June 2020, it was reported the plant was 90% complete and on track for commissioning in 2021.[11] Planet Labs satellite imagery shows construction progress from 2017 through October 2020 (Goseong Green power station is in the center of the image, Samchonpo power station is on the left).

Opposition

Since its inception the power station has been opposed by local residents over pollution concerns.[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Goseong Green Power (Ancient Green Power)
  • Parent company: Korea South-East Power, SK Gas, KDB Infrastructure
  • Location: Hai-myeon, Goseong County, South Gyeongsang Province
  • Coordinates: 34.904909, 128.125406 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Capacity: 2,080 MW (Units 1&2: 1,040 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical[13]
  • Projected in service: 2021
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