Summary of the First and Second Workshops on Power Grid Interconnection in Northeast Asia

Third Workshop on Power Grid Interconnection in Northeast Asia

September 30 to October 3, 2003, Vladivostok, Russian Federation

The First Regional Workshop on Power Grid Interconnection in Northeast Asia focused on providing general background on grid interconnection issues in a number of areas, including exploring the motivations for grid interconnections from the perspective of existing international grid arrangements, economic and environmental issues associated with interconnections, grid stability issues, issues related to the use of nuclear reactors within small power grids, and grid financing. Presentation of the status of power grids and interconnection investigations in each of the countries of the region were also included.

The Second Workshop on Power Grid Interconnection in Northeast Asia included discussions on:


  • The current status of economic and technical issues associated with potential power grid interconnections in each of the countries represented, and review of the findings of an analysis of a Russia-DPRK-ROK interconnection route prepared by Dr. Sergei Podkovalnikov and his colleagues from the Energy Systems Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • The analytical methodologies that might be used in an ongoing joint pre-feasibility study of grid interconnection, along with potential data sharing mechanisms, including the sharing of data for use in software tools for network stability analysis.
  • The creation of a pre-feasibility working group of Russians, North Koreans, South Koreans and Chinese to work specifically on preliminary quantitative analysis of interconnection options.
  • Specific safety and grid stability issues related to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) Light Water Reactor (LWR) nuclear power plant currently under construction in the DPRK, and how those issues intersect with incentives and options for construction of international power grid interconnections on the Korean peninsula.


During and subsequent to the Second workshop, participants provided ideas for the scope and organization of collaborative research on grid interconnections. These ideas will be addressed, and, it is hoped, moved forward during the discussions to be held during the upcoming Third workshop.

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