Alternative Fuels

South Korea’s LNG boom threatened by coal

South Korea faces a difficult task in phasing out coal from the energy mix as new capacity is being brought online South Korea faces a difficult task in phasing out coal from the energy mix as new capacity is being brought online.
By Andrew Walker 8 August 2017 0 27093
South Korea is phasing out its nuclear and coal-fired power plants. (KHNP)

The startup of more coal-fired capacity in South Korea is expected to restrict growth in the country’s gas demand over the short term unless additional policies are put in place to deter the use of coal, according to experts.

South Korea has brought more than 8 GW of coal-fired capacity online over the past 12 months and another 2 GW is expected before the end of the year as units start up at Shin-Boryeung and Bukpyung in September and October. 

This massive increase in coal-fired capacity could...