Hydroelectric Power Plants in North Korea

Anbyon Youth-1
Location: Kangwon-do
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power Industry
Configuration: 100 MW
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: DPRK People's Army
Quick facts: Originally named Kumgangsan, the Anbyon hydropower complex was designed to generate 800 MW. Construction apparently started in 1986 and was initially expected to complete in 1993. Headwaters from the North Han, Injin and Komitan rivers would collect in four reservoirs and be piped through seven tunnels to the powerhouse. The final design is obscure. Reportedly the project began operations in 1996 at 200 MW, or perhaps 100 MW. By other accounts, the first two stations were completed in 2000.

Photograph courtesy of naenara.com.kp
Posted 27 Feb 2013

Anbyon Youth-2
Location: Kangwon-do
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power Industry
Configuration: 100 MW
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: DPRK People's Army

Photograph courtesy of naenara.com.kp
Posted 27 Feb 2013

Huichon-1
Location: Chagang-do
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power Industry
Configuration: 3 X 50 MW
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: DPRK People's Army

Photograph courtesy of www.uriminzokkiri.com
Posted 24 Feb 2013

Huichon-2
Location: Chagang-do
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power Industry
Configuration: 3 X 100 MW
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: DPRK People's Army
Quick facts: This project reportedly started construction in 2001 but was accelerated in Mar 2009 after the direct intervention of Kim Jong Il. It was completed in Apr 2012 and is dedicated to electricity supply for Pyongyang. via a 230km transmission tie-line.

Photograph courtesy of www.uriminzokkiri.com
Posted 24 Feb 2013

Supung Dam
Location: Pyongan-bukto
Operator: Korea-China Hydroelectric Co
Configuration: 6 X 105 MW Francis
Operation: 1944-1955
T/G supplier: Toshiba, Siemens, LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Noguchi
Quick facts: This is one of the larger hydroelectric dams in Asia at 100m high and over 850m long. The site is on the Yalu River upstream of Sinuiju, North Korea, and Dandong, China. The facility was designed by Japanese authorities in Manchukuo and the Japanese administration in Korea to supply power for regional industrial development in Manchuria and northern Korea. Construction started in 1937. The Supung Reservoir is 30km long. After World War II, Soviet forces occupied the area and dismantled much of the generating equipment for transport to the Soviet Union. The equipment was restored and the plant extended in the mid-1950s with aid from China, the Soviet Union, and European countries. Plant output is shared between China and North Korea.

Photograph courtesy of Yuri Vanin
Posted 2 Feb 2008

Taechon Youth-3
Location: Pyongan-bukto
Operator: Ministry of Electric Power Industry
Configuration: 60 MW
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This project reportedly completed in May 2002 and is part of a five-plant cascade.

Photograph courtesy mar12 (wikimapia)
Posted 30 Oct 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 24-Aug-2016

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