HUICHON, North Korea -- North Korean officials say a massive hydoelectric power plant open two months now can provide half of Pyongyang's energy needs.

But the general manager of the Huichon (HEE' chuhn) No. 2 Power Station says drought has left the river above the dam too low for the plant to reach full capacity.

General Manger Kim Su Gil gave foreign journalists a tour of the power station in Huichon on Thursday. It's North Korea's largest construction project since the 1980s and is expected to be expanded to 12 stations by 2015.

North Korea suffers a widespread lack of electricity and has turned to hydoelectric power to supplement diminishing supplies of coal.

The plant is in Jagang province about 175 kilometers northwest of the capital.

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PHOTOS FROM NORTH KOREA:

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  • A North Korean woman works in a field in North Phyongan Province, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Koreans cross a bridge outside of Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A village in North Korea's North Phyongan Province is reflected in a river on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Korean farmers work in a rice paddy on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Korean women work on a roadside in North Phyongan Province, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • The Huichon No. 2 Power Station dams the Chongchon River in Huichon, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. North Korean officials said the massive hydroelectric power plant unveiled two months ago now has the capacity to provide Pyongyang with half its energy needs. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Workers clean the area around an etching that reads "If the General (Kim Jong Il) decides on something, we'll carry it out!" on a rock face next to Huichon No. 2 Power Station in Huichon, North Korea on Thursday, June 14, 2012. North Korean officials said the massive hydroelectric power plant unveiled two months ago now has the capacity to provide Pyongyang with half its energy needs. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)



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