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Energy (Power)

 

  • As of 1999, North Korea's power generation capacity is estimated to come to 7.39 million kw in total (hydraulic: 4.44 million kw and thermal power: 2.95 million kw). Its annual demand for power supply is estimated to come to 50-60 billion kwh in total, whereas the total power generation comes to a mere 18.6 billion kwh. Thus, the scarcity of power supply appears to be serious.

  • It is said that North Korea's current scarcity of power supply is chiefly attributable to the falling rate of operation due to the dilapidation of the facilities, insufficient supply of coals for thermal power generation and the use of low-heat coals. The situation appears to have been worsening due to much loss in the power transmission. The worn-out transmission facilities and the backwardness in the energy management technology also seem to blame.

  • The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) is currently building 2 units of 1milllion kw-class, light-water reactor in Kumho, Shinpo-city. North Hamkyung Province in return for North Korea's promise not to develop its nuclear power. At present the nation is exerting efforts to build small-sized (smaller than 10,000 kw capacity) power plants whose construction cost is relatively smaller and construction period is shorter.  

NORTH KOREA'S MAJOR POWER PLANTS

(Hydraulic Power Plants)

 

Name

Location

Capacity (Unit: 10,000 kw)

Remarks

Eastern Region

Soedusoo

North Hamkyung

51.0

A valley-remodeling type

The Huhchon River

South Hamkyung

39.4

"

The Changjin River

"

38.1

"

The Pujon River

"

26.2

"

Anbyon Youth

Kangwon

10.0

A dam-type

Soopung

North Pyongan

70.0

"

Taechon

"

40.0

A valley-remodeling type and a dam type

Western Region

Woonbong

Jagang

40.0

A dam-type

 

Wiwon

"

39.0

"

 

Kanggye Youth

"

24.6

A valley-remodeling type

 

The Daedong River

South Pyongan

20.0

A dam type

 

Taepyongman

North Pyongan

19.0

"

 

The Jangja River

Jagang

9.0

"

(Thermal Power Plant)  

 

Name

Location

Capacity (Unit: 10,000 kw)

Remarks

Eastern Region

Seonbong

North Hamkyung

20.0

 

Chongjin

Chongjin

15.0

 

Western Region

Bukchang

South Pyongan

169.0

A condensed water type

Pyongyang

Pyongyang

50.0

A combined heat type

The Chongchon River

South Pyongan

20.0

"

Soonchon

South Pyongan

20.0

"

East Pyongyang

Pyongyang

5.0

"

December

Nampo

5.0

"

 

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