Yongdong power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Yongdong power station (영동 발전소), also known as Yeongdong power station, is a 325-megawatt (MW) biomass-fired power station in Gangdong, Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It was formerly a coal-fired power station: units 1 and 2 were converted in 2017 and 2020.


The map below shows the location of the power station in Gangdong, Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea.

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The power station's first coal unit was completed in 1973 and the second coal unit in 1979. The station used the anthracite produced in the nearby coal mines. In 2017 and 2020, the first and the largest wood pellet-firing system in Korea was introduced to Unit 1 and 2 in order to respond to "the deterioration of equipment efficiency due to long-term operation, and to accomplish a more environment-friendly power generation."[1][2][3][4][5]

If Korea South-East Power Company (KOEN) had not planned to convert the power station to biomass, it would have been shut down by 2025 under government plans.[6]

Busan Port and Pohang Port are used to deliver wood pellets to the power station.[6]

The power station reportedly still has the capacity to burn coal.[7]

There was a lake next to the coal power station, but the lake was reclaimed with toxic coal ash and is now used as a golf course.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Korea Southeast Power Co
  • Parent company: KEPCO
  • Location: Gangdong, Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea
  • Coordinates: 37.7390, 128.9804 (exact)
  • Coal type: Anthracite
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 325 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 125 MW (start-up in 1973, converted to biomass in 2017)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 200 MW (start-up in 1979, converted to biomass in 2020)

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