Yeongheung power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Yeongheung power station is a 5,080 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Yeongheung Island, South Korea. The plant is one of the top ten largest coal plants in the world.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is located in in Yeonheung Island, about 40 kilometers from Seoul, South Korea

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Background on Plant

The original Yeongheung Power Station consisted of four coal units. The 800-MW Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in 2004. The 870 MW Units 3 and 4 entered commercial operation in 2009.[1]

Description of Expansion: Units 5 and 6

Korea Southeast Power (KOSEP) planned to expand the power station by two units (units 5 and 6) of 870 MW each.[2][3] The new units entered operation in June and November 2014, respectively.[4]

Description of Expansion: Units 7 and 8

According to the 6th Basic Power Development Plan, units 7 and 8, each 870 MW, were planned for completion in June and December 2018.[5][6] The expansion plan was cancelled in June 2015, with two nuclear plants planned instead.[7]

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.[8]

The following power stations have plans to convert from coal to gas:[8]

Project Details for expansion

  • Sponsor: Korea Southeast Power (KOSEP) of Korea Electric Power Corporation
  • Location: Yeongheung Island, South Korea
  • Coordinates: 37.236939918507, 126.43609285355 (exact)
  • Status: Units 5 and 6: Operating (2014), Units 7 and 8: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: Units 5-6: 870 MW each, Units 7-8: 870 MW each
  • Type: Units 5-6: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2014 (Units 5-6)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Additional Project Details

  • Planned Unit Retirements: Units 1 & 2 are scheduled to close by 2034; Units 3 & 4 by 2038; Units 5 & 6 by 2044.[9]

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