South Korea’s first coal-fired power plant turns into a public park


This photo provided by Mapo Ward’s Seoul office shows a bird’s eye view of Seoul’s new power station.

SEOUL, November 24 (Korea Bizwire)A completion ceremony for South Korea’s first coal-fired power plant transformed into a combined liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant was held in Seoul’s Mapo district on Tuesday.

The Seoul power station, in operation since 1930, was temporarily transformed into an oil-fired power station, before construction of a new LNG plant began in June 2013.

Construction was completed in November 2019 and the plant has resumed operations. In April of this year, the factory outdoor park opened to the public.

The completion ceremony took place two years after construction was completed due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said.

The Seoul Power Plant is the world’s first case of a large-scale power plant to be buried underground, with the old site being used as a public park.

The new plant uses LNG as a source of electricity generation which, unlike coal-fired plants, does not emit sulfur oxides or dust. Emissions of nitrous oxides are between 4 and 4.5 parts per million (ppm), which is only one fifth of the 20 ppm limit.

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