Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea

Contracting Party:   Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Republic of Korea

Executive Committee Member:  Yoonho Song, KIGAM, Republic of Korea

Alternate Member:   Tae Jong Lee, KIGAM, Republic of Korea

Direct geothermal utilization in Korea revolves around geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations with a rapid increase of about 100 MWth in annual capacity resulting from an active government subsidy program and a “Mandatory Act” for renewable energy deployment in civic facilities. The total installed capacity of GHP exceeded 1300 MWth in 2018.

There has been  interest in geothermal power generation, especially in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  The Pohang EGS pilot project began at the end of 2010. As of the end of 2018 two wells had been drilled and  tested and the work programme was on hold.

The geothermal investigations on Ulleung Island  are also on hold.

2018 Korea Country report

2017 Korea Country Report

2016 Korea Country Report

2015 Korea Country Report

2014 Korea Country Report

2013 Korea Country Report

2012 Korea Country Report