Coal, Gas, Nuclear

After nuclear scandals, South Korea looks to gas and coal to meet demand

By Diarmaid Williams, International Digital Editor, Power Engineering International

The South Korean government is considering the development of more gas and coal power plants in order to meet electricity demand.

A government offical has leaked the information that up to six gas fired power plants, with a capacity of 5.06 million kW, are scheduled to run by the end of 2017.

These plants are in response to concerns by the government regarding a spate of malfunctions across the Korean nuclear power fleet.

South Korea is also considering to build six coal-fired power plants, with a combined capacity of 10.74 million kW, between June 2018 and the end of 2020 under the new power supply plan, the source said.

The country’s nuclear reactors experienced temporary unplanned shutdowns more than 15 times last year on the back of malfunctioning equipment.

This article originally appeard in Power Engineering International magazine. It was republished with permission.