R&D Division Pohang Branch Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
The KIGAM Pohang Branch focuses on developing geological resource technology solutions using the geological characteristics of Pohang, which has the largest Cenozoic 3rd base on the Korean Peninsula, the largest bay (Yeongil Bay) on the East Coast, and a deep-sea environment of more than 2,000 meters, and provides new growth engines such as localization of future energy resource development plants. The Center plays a leading role in building a sustainable future through research on convergence cooperation with the region.
Major Activities
  • Discovery of functionali cosmetic raw materials using East Sea marine mud (creating new value of marine geological resources)
  • Construction of trial production facilities for clay materials of 200 tons/ year raw materials (drugs and cosmetics raw materials)
  • Study on the Development and Demonstration of Resource Plant Keyt Technology
  • Study on the Development and Demonstration of Energy and Resource System Technology for Responding to Local Issues
  • Undersea Geological Resources Exploration Ship Tamhae 2 Safety Operation Management
  • Localization of nearshore seismic exploration system (such as ultra-high resolution digital streamers) and 3D imaging for shallow geo-hazards

Advanced Geo-Materials Research
  • Development of new growth industrial materials manufacturing technology using regional strategic minerals linked to local industries to foster the domestic industrial mineral (non-metallic mineral) resource industry
Resources Engineering Plant Research
  • Promotion of technology independence and entry into new markets through the development of equipment, systems, and operating technologies necessary for the development of resources essential for national industrial development, such as oil and gas;
Nearshore Exploration System R&D
  • Operating Tamhae 2, the only three-dimensional submarine geological resource exploration ship in Korea, allowed Korea to have independent threedimensional oil exploration technology, which has been monopolized by few technically-advanced countries in the field.