The government checked the power supply and demand situation, expecting a sharp increase in power demand immediately after the Lunar New Year holiday.
Second Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Park Il-joon visited the Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant and Central Substation on the 24th to check power supply and demand conditions and to encourage field workers.
During the Lunar New Year holiday period, the demand for electricity is low due to a decrease in the operating rate, but from the 25th, the demand for electricity is expected to rise again due to a recovery in the operating rate and an increase in the demand for heat due to the cold wave.
During the Lunar New Year last year, electricity demand rose from 63.8GW on the last day of the holiday to 78.8GW the following day.
This site visit was conducted to check the operation and management of the Seoul Combined Cycle Power Plant and the central substation, which are key facilities that supply electricity to Seoul, before restarting many power generation facilities.
Examining the situation at the site, Vice Minister Park said, “There is a high possibility of an unexpected failure when a power generation facility that has been suspended for several days or more restarts.” he asked that.
Lim Yang-soo, head of Korea Midland Power’s Seoul headquarters, said, “We will do our best to ensure that there is no power supply disruption without relaxation during the remaining winter power supply period.”
Inquiries: Electric Power Policy Department Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Electricity Industry Policy Division (044-203-3886)