SEOUL -- Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), the state-run operator of nuclear power plants, set a new record in South Korea's solar energy history by winning a deal to build the world's biggest floating solar power system on an artificial reservoir created by a giant seawall on South Korea's southwest coast.
KHNP said Tuesday the deal was signed with central and provincial government authorities as well the developers of Saemangeum near the southwestern port city of Gunsan. A seawall was built in 2010 to reclaim an estuarine tidal flat in Saemangeum and created an area of about 400 square kilometers and a freshwater reservoir.
The deal calls for the construction of 300 MW floating solar power station on the surface of the Saemanguem lake by 2022 as part of a state project in the area to build a massive clean energy complex with a total capacity of 4.0 GW.
In February, KHNP agreed with a solar energy firm to build a floating solar power plant capable of producing 100 megawatts in Hwaseong Lake, a man-made lake created by a 9.8 kilometer-long seawall just south of Ansan.
In September, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy unveiled a project to construct a 102.5 MW solar power plant in Shihwa Lake, an artificial reservoir about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Seoul.
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