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Gangwon power plant will be fueled by cow excrement

The nation’s first biomass power plant fuelled by cow waste is being planned.

Korea East-West Power Corporation, an affiliate of the nation’s sole power distributor, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), announced that it will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Hoengseong County, Gangwon, on Thursday to build a new biomass power plant with a 10 megawatt capacity by June 2018.

Hoengseong County is famous for its Hanwoo (Korean beef) and is home to about 2,000 farms raising 55,000 cows.

This is part of the power company’s effort to live up to President Park Geun-hye’s creative economy initiative, said the company. It wants to generate clean energy from cheap cow excrement. The cow excrement is expected to replace about 60,000 tons of wood chips every year.
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