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South Korea’s KEPCO awards USD320 million contract to GE [free access]

August 28, 2019

South Korean power utility, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), has awarded a contract worth USD100 million to GE’s Grid Solutions business, through KEPCO-Alstom Power Electronics Systems (KAPES) [a joint venture (JV) of GE Power (previously Alstom Grid) and KEPCO]. The contract has been awarded to complete the second and final phase of the existing 33-km-long, Buk Dangjin–Godeok high voltage direct current (HVDC) link. The latter will connect the power complex located east of South Korea to Seoul’s metropolitan area, which represents around 40 per cent of global Korean energy demand.


In 2014, GE was awarded Phase I of the HVDC line-commutated converter (LCC) project through KAPES to design and supply equipment for the 33-km-long, energy corridor in Seoul region. Phase I of the bipole HVDC link will be completed in 2020.


Under the second and final phase of the project, another asymmetrical monopole with an additional power capacity of 1.5 GW will be added, thus completing the 3 GW, ±500 kV direct current (DC) link in a bipole configuration. The link will transmit energy produced by the Dangjin power plant in the west of South Korea to Godeok, east of Seoul.