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KEPCO attracts 25 companies to Naju Energy Valley

(From left) KEPCO KDN CEO Lim Soo-kyoung, KEPCO CEO Cho Hwan-eik, LSIS chairman Koo Ja-kyun, lawmaker Chang Byoung-wan, KEPCO KPS CEO Choi Koi-keun pose Monday after signing an MOU to invest in the Energy Valley in Naju, South Jeolla Province. KEPCO
(From left) KEPCO KDN CEO Lim Soo-kyoung, KEPCO CEO Cho Hwan-eik, LSIS chairman Koo Ja-kyun, lawmaker Chang Byoung-wan, KEPCO KPS CEO Choi Koi-keun pose Monday after signing an MOU to invest in the Energy Valley in Naju, South Jeolla Province. KEPCO

The state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. and its affiliates on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with 25 leading energy firms to invest in the “Energy Valley” in Naju, South Jeolla Province.

Those who have signed up for investments include powerhouses such as LSIS, ABB Korea, Woojin Electric Machinery, Seondo Electricity and 21 up-and-coming firms. They will invest a total of 130.9 billion won ($109.4 million) in various sectors.

For example, ABB Korea will collaborate on next-generation industries such as high voltage direct current, flexible AC transmission systems, as well as battery energy storage systems with local start-ups.

“We have managed to attract 25 companies so far, 10 months after nestling into Naju from Seoul. We will strive to win 32 more by the end of the year and an additional 43 by the end of 2016 to realize our dreams of creating the Energy Valley with 500 companies by 2020,” a KEPCO spokesman said.

By Bae Ji-sook (baejisook@heraldcorp.com)













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