Aerial view of the above-ground part of the Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant. Provided by Mapo-gu, Seoul
The Dangin-ri power plant, which was the first coal power plant in Korea, has been transformed into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) combined cycle power plant.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on the 23rd that it held a ceremony for the completion of the Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant (former Dangin-ri Power Plant) at Mapo Saebit Culture Forest, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
The Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant, which started operation as the first coal power plant in Korea in 1930, started performance improvement and underground construction in June 2013.
After that, it resumed power generation in November 2019 and opened the power plant ground park (Mapo Saebit Culture Forest) to the public from April 2021.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy explained that in order to hold a completion ceremony with local residents, the completion ceremony was delayed until the COVID-19 was alleviated, and then held on the same day.
The Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant is the world’s first underground and ground-based park for large-scale power generation facilities. The first coal power plant in Korea has been transformed into an eco-friendly and resident-friendly power plant that does not emit pollutants for the first time in 90 years.
Unlike coal power plants, the Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant, which uses LNG as a raw material, does not emit sulfur oxides and dust. It is an eco-friendly power plant that emits nitrogen oxides at about one-fifth or less (4-4.5 ppm) of 20 ppm, which is the permissible standard under the Air Conservation Act.
Existing facilities, such as decommissioned units 4 and 5, will be used as complex cultural and artistic spaces like the Tate Modern in England, which was converted from a power plant into an art museum.
The completion ceremony was attended by Won-ju Lee, Minister of Power Innovation Policy of the Ministry of Industry, Ho-bin Kim, President of Korea Midland Power Plant, Cheong-rae Jeong, National Assemblyman Jeong Cheong-rae, Mapo-gu Mayor Yoo Dong-gyun, District Council Chairman Cho Young-deok, and local residents. A tour of the publicity center was held.
Wonju Lee, Director of Power Innovation Policy, said, “The Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant is an exemplary case of LNG power plant construction that shows the possibility that the power plant can not only supply electricity but also coexist with local residents and serve as a cultural and artistic space.” “We will promote the replacement of old coal with LNG complexes and increase the acceptance of local residents in the construction process and contribute to the local community,” he said.