Miryang electricity transmission lines, South Korea


Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have continued to construct overhead electricity power/transmission lines (connected through a series of high towers) in an area of natural beauty and which also traverse traditional burial lands. Local women and farmers have organised protests through sleep- in camps, occupations and demonstrations in the affected mountain area. Alternatives were proposed by protesters (underground transmission cables and re-routing), but rejected by power/utilities company. One person committed self-immolation.

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Basic Data
NameMiryang electricity transmission lines, South Korea
CountryRepublic of Korea
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Nuclear power plants
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsProposed 90 kms of overhead power line with 161 towers linking Gori nuclear complex. Lines to carry 765 000 volts. Some of the towers are over 100 meters high. Early 2014, 30kms still to be constructed . Demands for voltage to be lowered and cables buried underground or re-routed. These proposals have been rejected by KEPCO
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population Miryang & villages in outlying areas. 110 000 .
Start Date2007
Company Names or State EnterprisesKorea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) from Republic of Korea
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of alternative proposals
Land occupation
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Refusal of compensation
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Development of AlternativesUnderground transmission lines and re-routing.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.This is an ongoing conflict, but so far construction has continued (though delayed). Some local residents in favour (land-sales). Some inter-community conflict.
Sources and Materials

International New York Times (Korean edition jointly with Korea Joongang Daily. 28/10/2013

Other Documents

Enerzine is a publication of the Energy & Climate Policy Institute in South Korea (ECPI) N. 31 Enerzine
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Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition, Annual Report 2012
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Enerzine is a publication of the Energy & Climate Policy Institute in South Korea (ECPI) N. 35 Enerzine
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Last update25/06/2014