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After initially announcing construction of a 100,000 kilowatt-capacity hydroelectric plant on the Imjin River back in 1999, Pyongyang has finally begun its construction. Situated in the upper reaches of the Imjin River, 42.3km north of the line of demarcation in the demilitarized zone, the Hwanggang Dam will serve to generate power and divert excess river flow. According to the South Korean Ministry of Construction and Transportation, the dam will be able to harness power by redirecting between 300 and 400 million tons of water from the Imjin to the Yeseong River. In addition to the Hwanggang Dam, North Korea is building four other dams of similar capacity.

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