Yongdong power station
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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.
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."
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.
The power station reportedly still has the capacity to burn coal.
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.
- 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)
Articles and Resources
- "Yeongdong Eco Power Division," KOEN, accessed November 2021
- "노후 석탄화력 영동 2호기 폐지," January 15, 2019
- "Yeongdong Biomass Power Plant, South Korea," Power Technology, November 23, 2021
- "South Korea’s pellet imports rise by 18pc in January," Argus Media, February 16, 2021
- "영동화력발전소," Wikipedia
- "South Korean wood pellet imports hit high in November," Argus Media, December 13, 2018
- "Yeongdong biomass conversion in Korea to be complete in 2017," Biomass Magazine, October 18, 2016
- "동해안 7번 국도의 비극," Catholic News, October 21, 2021