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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Seoul, 17 May: North Korea has recently accelerated its year-long project to build large hydroelectric power stations in an effort to resolve chronic power shortages. "Construction of large hydro-power stations is energetically under way throughout the country," the state-controlled Central News Agency reported Monday [17 May].
The agency said there has been progress in the building of five such power stations - Orangchon, Yesong, Kumya, Taechon No 4 and Paekam. The construction of Orangchon Power Station in Orang, North Hamgyong Province, resumed in August 2000 when North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made an on-site …