NGA Tearline: North Korea's Hydroelectric Power - Part 1

North Korea is shifting toward smaller hydropower plants to improve efficiency.

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Stimson Center (38 North)

For this report NGA Tearline collaborated with researchers from the Stimson Center. Co-authors include Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town, and Samantha Pitz.

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While the construction of large hydroelectric power stations seemed a logical direction, North Korea’s extreme climate conditions—from freezing winter temperatures causing ice jams during the winter to recurring droughts with prolonged heat during the summer—have created significant problems for maintaining the consistent water flow necessary for these facilities to function at full capacity. As such, there has been a notable shift away from the large hydropower plants and projects toward the building of more efficient, tiered, small-to-medium-sized stations.


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