Mandalgovi-Tavantolgoi-Oyu Tolgoi electricity transmission line and substation have been commissioned on January 28-30, and the opening event has been attended by M.Sonompil, Energy Minister and Member of Parliament, who have been visiting the province on these days. Connecting the South Gobi region to the central energy system allows residents in the province enjoy a reliable source of energy without any power cuts or limitations.
This critically important, infrastructure development will not only bring improved living conditions in Umnugovi province, which had continuous, electricity problems and shortages in the past, but also lay the foundation to connect Tavantolgoi and Dalanzadgad, further to Oyu Tolgoi. According to the plans made by the Energy Ministry, once the new Tavantolgoi substation is put into operation this year, there would even be possibilities to transmit energy to the central regions of the country too.
Financed by the government funds, this project has been executed by MCS International, where Mongolians built a 220 KV overhead transmission line, and completed the design and construction of the substation for the first time.
Although a thermal power station with 6 Megawatt was built twelve years ago in Dalanzadgad with international aid, largely from South Korea. With constant break downs and technical faults, the station never worked in its full capacity, and did not fully meet the basic supply requirements of businesses and the local households. Its equipments came from Korea, Japan and India.
While Mongolian aimags are with energy need of 3-4 MW on average, Umnugovi’s demand is currently at 7-8 MW, which is set to grow even more in the near future.