Large-scale hydropower station under construction

A project for the Tanchon Power Station, which will be one of the country’s leading power bases, started on May 18.

The Pyongyang Times reporter Jong Hwa Sun interviewed officials of the combined headquarters for the project.

The project was what President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il had wished to push, I think.

Sim Sang Mo, chief of the field headquarters: That’s right. The President proposed the project first in the early 1990s, saying we should build the Tanchon Power Station on a large scale by introducing a new water resource development method based on water collection and it would be good if the station generates 400 000-500 000 kW.

The Chairman said that the construction would be a great help to easing the shortage of electricity and gave important instructions related to the project.

It was at the Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea last year that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un pointed to the need to build a large-scale power station in the shortest span of time. Afterwards he specified how to carry out the project on several occasions. He also referred to the project in his New Year Address and made sure that the WPK Central Committee, DPRK State Affairs Commission and DPRK Cabinet adopted a joint decision last April to complete the project in the shortest time by mobilizing the entire Party, the whole army and all the people.

Would you mind telling me the scale, phased goals and prospect of the project?

Hong Jong Min, member of the construction panel at the field headquarters: The project involves the construction of several main dams and power plants that use the Jangjin, Hochon, Karim and other rivers and streams, as well as waterway tunnels running over a hundred kilometres. The construction of the power station, which is expected to generate several hundred thousand kWs with a total of hundreds of metres of head, is the largest-ever project in the country’s history of building hydropower stations.

The station is featured by long waterway tunnels. Several main waterway tunnels extend for well over a hundred kilometres in total. It is also needed to dig dozens of kilometres of tunnels for water collection. The waterway tunnelling is believed to be several times as long as that of the iconic Anbyon Youth Power Station. As the waterway tunnelling is more difficult than the building of dams and builders should dig a hundred and dozens of kilometres of tunnels, the power station construction can be claimed to be an unprecedented one in the country. At present service personnel and other powerful construction forces are engaged in the tunnelling project.

For its unprecedentedly huge scale, the project will be conducted, divided into two stages. The first stage includes the building of dozens of kilometres of waterway tunnel No. 1, power station No. 5 and its dam and power station No. 6.

Now the field headquarters is organizing and guiding the project scrupulously with an eye to completing the first-stage project in a short time. And each unit is out for its assignment in steep mountains in the northern areas.

In future, another legend will be created in the Tanchon area thanks to the drive to promote self-reliance and self-development and the army-people joint operation, like in the Ryomyong Street project in which the Mallima speed was created.