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Boryeong Station Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Location: Boryeong Power Station (unit 8), South Korea

Feedstock: Coal

Size: 10 MW (slip-stream from 500MW unit)

Capture Technology: Post-combustion (KEPCO wet amine)

CO2 Fate: Vented

Timing: Operation started May 2013 for three years

Scale Up: Full Scale demonstration project by 2020


Estimated cost of the scale up project from 0.1 MW to 10 MW is US$42 million (2010-2014)


This project initially started in October 2010 as a 0.1 MW test of the same amine capture process at the same site. After a successful operation, it was then expanded to its current 10MW size. KEPCO plans to scale-up the project into full size demonstration project by 2020.

KEPCO is using a proprietary solvent – KoSol-4 – in the Boryeong CCS pilot plant. CO2 capture is more than 90% with over 99% purity with this capture technology.

KEPCO is also testing other sorbents. At the KOSPO's Hadong Thermal Power Station in Hadong, Korea, a 0.5MW test of dry regerable sorbent started in 2010. The Hadong project in 2013 also scaled up to a 10MW slipstream at the same location testing the same absorbents.

The Korean Government has allocated US$1.74 billion for the demonstration of CCS in Korea and with this money it plans to have 2 demonstration projects in operation by 2020. US $1 billion from Government and US $0.74 billion from the private industry. The aim is that a new coal-fired power plant with CCS will take about 10-15% share in CO2 reduction by 2030.

The Korea Offshore CO2 Geological Storage Project from 2005-2015 has a budget of US$66 million to identify and locate suitable storage sites in offshore South Korea.

Project Link: GCCSI Capture Demonstration at Korea's Boryeong Thermal Power Station

Technical Papers:

Performance and economic analysis of commercial-scale coal-fired power plant with post-combustion CO2 capture. [PDF] Ji Hyun Lee et al. Korean J. Chem. Eng ., 32(5), 800-807 (2015

Other Sources and Press Releases:

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum background on CCS in South Korea
Presentation of KEPCO's CCS activities (October 2013)
CEM CCUS Workshop CEM CCUS Workshop Korean Perspectives on CCS in Industrial Korean Perspectives on CCS in Industrial Applications Applications (January 2013)