Hydroelectric Power Plants in South Korea

Chunchon
Location: Gangwon-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 31 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1965
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, Ministry of Construction
Quick facts: Chuncheon is on the northern Han River. Construction started in Sep 1961, and was finished in Feb 1965. The gravity dam is 40m tall and 453m long. The plant connects to the regional 154kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Posted 15 Jun 2013

Dangjin Outfall
Location: Chungcheongnam-do
Operator: Korea East-West Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 1.7 MW pit
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Tianfa
EPC: KOPEC, Byucksan Engineering, Korea East-West Power
Quick facts: This SHP is at the seawater cooling canal outfall of the 4-GW Dangjin coal-fired power station. The 24.3bn won hydro porject began construction in Apr 2006 and the units completed in Nov and Dec 2009.

Photograph courtesy of Tianjin Tianfa Heavy Hydropower
Posted 29 Dec 2014

Goesan
Location: Chungcheongbuk-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 1.3 MW propeller
Operation: 1957
T/G supplier: Leffel, GE
EPC: Daedong Industrial Co
Quick facts: This was South Korea's first HPP built by local companies. Construction started in Nov 1952 by Chosun Electric Company, a KEPCO predecessor. This multipurpose project went into operation on 28 Apr 1957 after some delays. The 28m tall dam is 171m long and the plant produces about 11 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of www.energy.co.kr
Posted 15 Jun 2013

Hwachon
Location: Gangwon-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 27 MW Francis
Operation: 1944-1968
T/G supplier: HItachi
EPC: Ministry of Construction
Quick facts: Hwachon was built by the Japanese starting in Jul 1939. The third unit was not installed unitl post-war restoration and reconstruction from both World Waar II and the Korean War. This upgrade bgan in Nov 1952 and Unit-3 finally went online in 1957. A fourth unit was added in 1968.

Photograph courtesy of blog.naver.com
Posted 15 Jun 2013

Kangnung
Location: Gangwon-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 41 MW Pelton
Operation: 1991
T/G supplier: Fuji, Hanjung
EPC: KOPEC, Hanjung, Daelim, Saman Corp
Quick facts: This HPP was approved in Mar 1984, construcrion started in Feb 1985, and the project went commercial in Jan 1991. These were the first Pelton machines installed in the ROK and the 640m head is the highest in the country. The rockfill dam is 72m tall and 300m long.

Photograph courtesy of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Posted 16 Jun 2013

Qingping
Location: Gyeonggi-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 19.8 Kaplan, 1 X 40 MW propeller, 1 X 60 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1943-2011
T/G supplier: HItachi, Voith, Fuji
EPC: KEPCO
Quick facts: Construction on this HPP began in Aug 1939, and UnIts 1&2 completed in Jul and Oct 1943, respectively. Post-war repairs were completed in 1951/52. Unit-3 went online in Apr 1968 and Unit-4 in Dec 2011. The project connects to the regional 154kV grid. The concrete gravity dam is 31m tall and 407m long. Its reservoir acts as the lower basin for the Cheongpyeong PSP.

Photograph courtesy of www.younghwan12.tistory.com
Posted 16 Jun 2013

   
Somjingang
Location: Jeollabuk-do
Operator: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 14.4 MW, 1 X 6 MW Francis
Operation: 1991
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco, Fuji, Hanjung
EPC: Ministry of Construction (ROK and JP)
Quick facts: The dam for Somjingang is located 16km from the powerhouse. A 6.2km channel is followed by the tunnels and penstocks. Construction began in Sep 1940, but was halted about 3yrs later. Construction restarted in Aug 1945, but was again interrupted by the Korean War. Finally, the ROK Ministry of Construction and the Japanese Ministry of Construction completd the first phase of the project in Dec 1965. A 6-MW unit was added in Feb 1985.

Photograph courtesy of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd
Posted 16 Jun 2013

Abbreviations

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

Updated 29-Dec-2014

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