Korea’s first lithium extraction factory to be build in Jeollanamdo

South Korea’s steel giant POSCO plans to build Korea’s first ever lithium-hydroxide extraction factory in Gwangyang, Jeollanamdo. Lithium-hydroxide (LiOH) is one of the most important components when building battery cathodes for electric vehicles. With the rising demand for batteries because of a rapidly growing EV-market POSCO wants to prepare for the future, in accordance to its own expansions in the EV-production business.
As the lithium price is rising continuously due to the rapid increase in EV-production, South Korea aims to be less reliant on importing Lithium from the global market. So far Korea had to import its lithium from South America, the US and China.

The factory is going to be a joint investment by POSCO and the Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals.
Construction of the plant will already start in mid 2021 and the factory will be finished by 2023. By then the new lithium factory will produce around 43,000 tons of lithium per year. With this amount POSCO can directly and locally supply the lithium for up to 1,000,000 electric vehicles batteries. Building on this, POSCO is already planning to further expand the extraction of lithium so that by the end of 2030 over 220,000 tons of lithium can be directly extracted at Jeollanamdo.

Gwangyang in Jeollanamdo was the logical choice for POSCO as it has already been running a demo-factory in Gwangyang and is operating additional factories in the Gwangyang Bay Area. Just earlier this year in February POSCO Chemical has announced the 4th expansion of its battery cathode plant in Gwangyang. Therefore the extracted lithium can be directly processed at Gwangyang.

As one of the most important locations in EV production and research, Jeollanamdo is also hosting the yearly Yeonggwang e-Mobility EXPO in Yeonggwang. For further information click here.

From Jeollanamdo to the Moon

After visiting the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanamdo earlier this week to observe a combustion test President Moon Jae-in made a pledge by 2030 Korea will land on the moon, powered by a Korea-made rocket. This rocket, named Nuri opens South Korea’s door to a very exclusive club of 7 nations which are capable of designing, building and launching its own rockets and satellites into earth’s orbit without the help of other nations.

The first launch of the Nuri rocket is planned for this year October. The rocket is capable of sending practical satellites up to 1.5 tons up into earth’s orbit and is developed using nothing but homegrown technology.

In his speech President Moon explained the goals for Korea’s space program. His vision is to make Korea a leading nation in space exploration.

We will actively push for challenging space exploration projects that build on the foundation achieved by developing a Korean launch vehicle. Next year, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter will be launched, and by 2030, we will achieve our dream of landing on the Moon by using our own launch vehicle. The technological prowess, experience and confidence that will be gained from exploring the Moon, the first step in space exploration, will provide a solid foundation for space development. Also regarding Apophis, an asteroid that will pass near Earth in 2029, an exploration plan will be established following feasibility studies.

Moon Jae In, March 25.

Korea’s rockets and satellites are being launched from Korea’s own spaceport at Goheung in Jeollanamdo while the technology is being developed at Naro Space Center.


To read Moon Jae-in’s full speech, click here.

For further information about Jeollanamdo’s role in Korea’s space program, click here.

Jeollanamdo sends first container of products to sell on Amazon Europe

On February 26, 2021 officials of Jeollanamdo held a shipping ceremony for the first ever container of food products to be send off to Europe to be sold on Amazon Europe. This first shipment contains over 15 different products, such as seaweed, dried fish snacks and different kinds of tea and juice. The products will be sold exclusively under the brand Jeollanamdo The Kitchen of Korea.

As the Jeollanamdo brand The Kitchen of Korea is already entering its second year in the US market after a successful first year, Jeollanamdo is now keen to repeat this success in Europe.

The container is expected to arrive in Hamburg, Germany in late March and the products will first be sold throughout the whole European Union, using the Amazon online stores of four European countries: Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Jeollanamdo The Kitchen of Korea is a registered trademark by Jeollanamdo. The goal of the brand is to enable easy and direct access to food products from Jeollanamdo. Read more.

By directly promoting food products from the region, Jeollanamdo aims to offer agricultural and marine products at reasonable prices. In order to do this, Jeollanamdo and nine export companies have registered the Exporter Certificate of Origin. This certificate allows exporters from Jeollanamdo to prove their country of origin so that they can benefit from the free trade agreement between the Republic of Korea and the European Union.

The European Union has the second highest growth rates in the online food market and thanks to the growing awareness and interest in Korean culture and products, Jeollanamdo is aiming to establish its own products in Europe.

POSCO announces to expand its battery cathode plant in Jeollanamdo

POSCO Chemical, part of Korea’s steel giant POSCO, announced that it will expand to a 4th battery cathode plant in Gwangyang, Jeollanamdo in order to meet the huge demands in the electric vehicle (EV) battery market.

POSCO Chemical is one of the main tenant companies of the Main Industrial Complexes in Gwangyang Bay Area. Since 2019 it has been expanding its EV-battery-plants from originally 5,000-ton capacity. The 4th expansion will bring the capacity up to 100,000 tons.

The company will invest about 250 million US dollar in this project and expects the new plant to be operational by 2023. The expansion is part of POSCO’s new brand “e Autopos” which will produce exclusively steel parts and batteries for electric vehicles.

This expansion proves once again that Jeollanamdo plays a crucial part in Korea’s response to climate change and Korea’s growing Blue Economy.

Jeollanamdo Strawberries from Damyang secured variety protection right in EU until 2040

Damyang is a county in northern Jeollanamdo and it is famous for its sweet strawberries. Now, their strawberry breeds “jukhyang” and “damhyang” have secured variety protection right in the EU for the next 20 years until 2040. By this, jukhyang and damhyang become the first Korean strawberries to have received variety protection rights by the European Community Plant Variety Office. This decision will lay the ground for further entry of Jeollanamdo’s strawberries on the European market.

The term ‘Variety protection’ means the rights to multiply, produce, export or import seeds of a protected variety for commercial use in the world market, or to make an offer for transfer and rental belong solely to the breeder. Therefore securing the breeder a monopoly position to manage and control the distribution of their product.

Strawberries from Jeollanamdo are widely popular because of their sweet taste and low costs. So far Korean strawberries are being exported to over 20 countries all around the world. Among the biggest importers are Hong Kong and Singapore. Now, as the strawberries breeds damhyang and jukhyang are protected in Europe, the exports and sells of strawberries from Jeollanamdo are expected to grow further.

Jeollanamdo aims at Amazon exports worth 5 million dollars

The government of Jeollanamdo held its first export shipping ceremony of 2021, as the first container, carrying 246,000 dollar worth of Jeollanamdo’s products, was sent off to the USA. Products shipped on that day include processed abalone and organic seaweed.

Lee Sang-jin, international cooperation officer of Jeollanamdo, said, “With the aim of exporting $5 million this year, we plan to add more than 50 products and open new Jeollanamdo brand stores on Amazon in three countries including Canada and the United Kingdom.”

The Jeollanamdo brand is entering its second year in the United States and the province is eager to expand to markets in Europe and Canada. The province is giving selected items a comparative advantage by directly promoting the products without costly middle men and therefore ensuring fair prices for the customers as well as fair payment for the producers.

President Moon unveils plans for world’s largest wind farm in Jeollanamdo

On February 5th, South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveiled the investment agreement to form the world’s largest offshore wind farm in Sinan-gun, Jeollanamdo. The wind farm will be located off the coast of Sinan-gun, a county consisting of over 1000 islands, just west of the coast of Mokpo and Yeongam county. According to President Moon, the city of Mokpo will become the logistics hub, while large manufacturing complexes will be build in Yeongam and Sinan to produce the needed equipment.

The wind farm to be built on the waters off Sinan will be as much as seven times the size of the world’s current largest wind power complex. The 8.2 gigawatts of electricity to be generated here is equivalent to the capacity of six new Korean nuclear power reactors combined. This immense amount of electricity can meet the needs of every household in Seoul and Incheon. 

President Moon Jae-in

The agreement includes a 48 trillion Won investment plan as well as a plan to create about 120,000 jobs in Jeollanamdo by 2030. The wind farm is part of the President’s Korean New Deal, a plan to focus investments on technologies which help to move the country towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

Read President Moon Jae-in’s speech in full here.

Further information on the Korean New Deal plan by President Moon Jae-in can be found on the website of the Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance. The Ministry provides a detailed English booklet explaining the Korean New Deal. It can be downloaded here.

Governor Kim Yung-rok meets Einar H. Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Korea

Governor Kim Yung-rok greets the Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Korea Einar H. Jensen at Jeollanamdo Provincial Office’s reception room on January 26th

On Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, Kim Yung-rok, Governor of Jeollanamdo held a meeting with Danish ambassador to Korea, Einar Jensen at the Jeollanamdo Provincial Office in Muan. They discussed possible ways to co-operate, especially in the field of the renewable energy industry, including offshore wind power.


In the second meeting since February last year, there was a deeper conversation between the provincial and Danish governments on ways to develop the renewable energy industry as a whole.
Governor Kim also delivered a letter to Jesper Frost Rasmussen, the Mayor of Esbjerg, the center city of the Danish offshore wind power industry, which the Governor inspected in January last year.

COVID-19 Information Guideline on South Korea

South Korea is regarded as one of the most successful countries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the daily number of new cases varies between 300 – 600. Especially the province Jeollanam-do has very low numbers of new cases. These numbers vary between 0 and 5 per day in Jeollanam-do (as of the beginning of 2021).

Visa Application

The South Korean government has suspended visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans. Therefore, in order to visit Jeollanam-do and South Korea, regardless of the purpose, one has to obtain a visa through the local Korean embassy.

Upon Arrival

As of January 8th, 2021, all foreign residents entering Korea, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is deemed valid only when issued within 72 hours prior to departure.

Furthermore, all inbound travelers, including Korean citizens, must quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in Korea.

    1. Korean nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Korea will self-quarantine at their place of residence for 14 days.

    2. Foreign nationals who are short-term visitors in Korea, Korean nationals and/or foreign residents whose place of residence is deemed not suitable for quarantine, will serve the quarantine at a designated government facility at their own cost (KRW2,100,000 per person).

Exceptions:

   1. A-1, A-2 and A-3 visa holders with negative test results from COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be subjected to “Active Monitoring” (instead of 14 days quarantine), which includes daily submission of health status information via the ‘Self Diagnosis App’ and phone calls from health authorities throughout their stay in Korea.

    2. Travelers who received Quarantine Exemption Certificate from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea before the trip. ​

(information provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

How to get to Jeollanam-do

As of June 2020, all direct KTX and express buses from Incheon International Airport to Jeollanam-do are being suspended. If arriving at Incheon International Airport travelers must take a shuttle bus from the airport to Gwangmyeong Station where they can transfer to a KTX to Jeollanam-do. After departing the KTX in Jeollanam-do, one is being directly transferred to the designated quarantine facility.

For further information please visit the official website of the South Korean government providing current status & useful guidelines regarding COVID-19:

http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/

For further information on how to apply for a visa for Korea, please contact your local Korean embassy or visit the website of Korea Immigration Service:

https://www.immigration.go.kr/immigration_eng/index.do