“Reducing electricity supply to homes and businesses in Pyeongbuk”… Supung Dam Electricity Sales Impact?

North Korea’s Supung Dam. /Photo = Daily NK

It is reported that the electricity supply to homes and businesses in North Pyongan Province has recently been reduced. Sources say that this is the result of North Korea’s expansion of electricity sales to China, which is suffering from power shortages.

A source from North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on the 10th, “Recently, the electricity supplied to homes has decreased from 2 to 5 hours a day to 1 to 2 hours a day.

The source continued, “Except for the period of hardship (mass starvation in the mid-to-late 1990s), military factories did not produce cross-production no matter how short of electricity before,” the source said. It is disrupting production,” he said.

According to the source, North Korea is forced to ‘cross-production’ to produce goods using electricity only at a set time, as North Korea suffers from a chronic power shortage.

Due to the nature of smelters and chemical plants, if the electricity supply is interrupted, it causes enormous damage and it is difficult to recover it. For this reason, these important military factories were not subject to cross-production. However, as the power shortage has become more serious, even military factories appear to have been subjected to ‘cross-production’.

In this regard, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported last month that China’s electricity imports from North Korea in September stood at 35,974 MWh, up 62% from the previous year.

China took half of the electricity generated by the Supung Dam, jointly operated by North Korea. North Korea has sold some of its share of electricity to China. In the midst of this, the source said that North Korea is selling more electricity than usual to China, which is experiencing a power shortage.

North Korea is selling electricity to China despite its poor electricity situation, causing inconvenience to residents and disrupting the operation of factories.

Residents, however, are unaware that the power shortage stems from electricity sales, the source said.

A source said, “The residents are completely unaware that the power is insufficient because they give all of the electricity to China.” “In the past, electricity sent to China was 35 kW out of a total of 700,000 kW, but recently, the power situation in China has become tense (exacerbated),” the source said. It has increased to 600,000 kW,” he explained.

The source continued, “The sale of electricity came from a strong demand from the Chinese side. If we do not sell electricity, we have no choice but to stop the supply of crude oil from the pipeline,” the source said. It is said that despite the severe power shortage, they had no choice but to sell electricity by crying and eating mustard.

He also explained, “Electricity sales were conducted by the Yalu Steel Joint Venture under the direction of the Ministry of Electricity Industry.

On the other hand, it is known that North Korea conducted extensive electricity inspections to mark the electricity saving month in October.

North Korea is said to have conducted inspections in October as well as in May, focusing on whether electricity saving projects are being specifically implemented nationwide, and how well provincial, city, and county organizations and residents are being mobilized for the project.

However, as a result of the coverage of this paper, it is known that the intensity of electric censorship has been strengthened recently. This is also highly likely to be the effect of a power shortage due to electricity sales.

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