Seoul, South Korea [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Korea Midland Power Co., a unit of South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), has opened a small hydroelectric power plant with the country’s largest-ever capacity, the company said Wednesday.
The plant, located in the seaside city of Boryeong, 160 kilometers southwest of Seoul, has a generation capacity of 7.5 megawatts, it said. Construction began in March 2007 and the plant was opened this past week, when it began commercial operation.
The plant generates electricity by recycling sea water, which is used as a coolant for the eight thermal power generators nearby. The facility is expected to enable Korea Midland to reduce carbon emissions by 13,715 tons annually, according to the company.