South Korea-based power utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has awarded a contract worth $320 million to KAPES, a JV between GE Power and KEPCO, to deliver a 4 GW high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link. The latter will connect the power complex located in South Korea to Seoul’s metropolitan area, which represents around 40 per cent of Korea’s energy demand. The scope of work for the JV will include the design and supply of the overall HVDC system, a 500 kV HVDC bipole with two converter stations including valves, cooling system, converter transformers, filters and switchyard, and a control system. The HVDC project will increase the stability and reliability of Korea’s transmission grid by adding new routes for power supply. It is expected to be completed by end-2021.