Pospower Samcheok power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-SouthKoreacoal}}Pospower Samcheok power station (삼척화력) is a proposed 2,100 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station planned by Pospower for Samcheok, South Korea.


The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Samcheok.

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Background on Plant

In September 2014 POSCO Energy said it had entered the coal-fired power generation business by launching Pospower. POSCO had previously focused on gas-fired thermal power. Pospower was formerly Tong Yang Power, which POSCO Energy acquired in June 2013 for US$421.8 million. Tong Yang Power has a business license to build and operate two 1,000 MW capacity coal-fired plants in Samcheok by 2021. Under the renewed development plan, Pospower will begin building the first 1,000 MW unit in 2016 after completing an evaluation of the environmental impact.[1]

In its 2015 annual report, POSCO states the power station would consist of two 1,050 MW units, with the environmental impact assessment scheduled to be completed in 2015.[2]

The preliminary permit for the plant's construction expired in December 2016, and in January 2017 it was extended by the Korean government to June 2017, by which time the plant needs to get a final permit from the Ministry of Power. Before obtaining the license POSCO needs to gain local support, but many locals oppose the project over erosion concerns, as the coal loading dock of the Samcheok Plant will be constructed in a coastal erosion management area, as designated by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.[3] Samcheok City is requesting consent from the residents of the affected area.[4]

Samcheok City reached an MoU with POSCO for the plant's dock in April 2017, with the Ministry's permit decision for the plant still planned for June.[5]

South Korea's new president, elected in May 2017, said he will consider suspending coal-fired power plants less than 10 percent into construction, which would include Pospower Samcheok.[6] In September 2017 the government released a statement saying it will push to transform coal-fired power plants less than 10% constructed into LNG-fired power turbines.[7]

However, the country's 8th Basic Plan for Long-Term Electricity Supply and Demand (2017-2031), finalized in December 2017, did not list the plant for conversion to gas, suggesting it may remain coal-fired.[8][9] According to the Pospower website (April 2018), the plant will be coal-fired and is planned for operation in 2024.[10]

The coal plant was permitted for construction in April 2018.[11] After the approval, 785 civilians living in Samcheok City and Donghae City filed a lawsuit against the final approval of the power generation project due to coastal erosion and air pollution.[12]

In May 2018 the company began awarding construction contracts for the plant.[13] A construction contract was awarded to Doosan in June 2018.[14]

In February 2019 it was reported that locals were protesting the plant due its pollution impacts, delaying the start of construction. Additionally, natural caves were found near the construction site and, if determined to possess cultural assets, may affect construction plans for the plant.[15]

As of May 21, 2019, Planet satellite photos show land clearing but not construction.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Pospower
  • Parent company: POSCO Energy
  • Location: Samcheok, Gangwon Province, South Korea
  • Coordinates: 37.40687, 129.1778 (exact)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 2,100 MW (Units 1&2: 1,050 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2024
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Korea Development Bank

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