Samchonpo power station

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Samchonpo (Samcheonpo) power station (삼천포 발전소) is a 2,120-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in South Gyeongsang, South Korea.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Deokho Hai, Goseong.

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Background on Plant

Samchonpo power station was a six-unit coal-fired power station totaling 3,240 MW in Deokho Hai, Goseong. It was commissioned from 1983 to 1998, and owned by KEPCO.[1]

Although some sources may have indicated that Units 1-2 were closed in April 2020, they were not retired until May 1, 2021 – 16 months after it was originally planned. Units 3-4 are planned for closure in 2023.[2][3][4]

In March 2022, a fatal accident occurred at the plant. According to reports, a member of the Samcheonpo Business Division fell after taking the elevator to inspect equipment on the fifth floor of Unit 3.[5]

Conversion to gas

In 2020, South Korea planned to shut a total of 15.3 GW of coal-fired capacity by 2034 according to a draft of the country's ninth basic electricity plan, of which 12.7 GW would be switched to run on imported gas.[6]

The following power stations had plans to convert from coal to gas:[6]


In September 2022, residents of Samcheonpo protested against the gas conversion of the power station.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Korea Southeast Power Co
  • Parent company: KEPCO
  • Location: Deokho Hai, Goseong, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
  • Coordinates: 34.910715, 128.108397 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units 3-6), Retired (Units 1-2)
  • Gross generating capacity (announced): 2,120 MW
    • Unit CC3: LNG-fired, 560MW (start-up in 2024) [7]
    • Unit CC4: LNG-fired, 560MW (start-up in 2024) [7]
    • Unit CC5: LNG-fired, 500MW (start-up in 2027) [6]
    • Unit CC6: LNG-fired, 500MW (start-up in 2028) [6]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 2,120 MW
    • Units 3-4: Coal-fired, 560 MW
    • Units 5-6: Coal-fired, 500 MW
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 1,120 MW
    • Units 1-2: Coal-fired, 560 MW
  • Type: Subcritical (Units 1-4), Supercritical (Units 5-6)
  • Start year: 1983 (Unit 1), 1984 (Unit 2), 1993 (Unit 3), 1994 (Unit 4), 1997 (Unit 5), 1998 (Unit 6)
  • Coal Type: Sub/Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:
  • Unit Retirements: Units 1 and 2 retired in 2021.
  • Planned Unit Retirements: Units 3 & 4 are scheduled to close by 2024; Units 5 by 2027; Unit 6 by 2028.[9]

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