The power issue in Mongolian is critical despite being rich in both coking and brown coal. Various studies suggest that in 2-3 years the country will face a power shortage. 20% of all major power plant equipments are will be out of usage in the near term requiring significant upgrade. It has been almost a half decade since the talk on building a new power plant in the city. In the past winter the peak power usage in the central region was over 875MW, leaving no choice expect importing pricy electricity from Russian Federation – 160-170MW. Nevertheless, the new power plant will be built at Khultiin Kundii of Bayanzurkh District. City Council has been preparing the land in the summer.
Two companies has been selected on the preliminary bid out 11 international consortia. Two companies are London based International Power and Seoul based Samsung C&T. Last week, the cabinet members met the companies’ representatives and heard their opinions. In relation to the change in the power plant’s planned location the working group appointed to the new power plant project introduced their recommendations on best and final offer. It included total required investment, rates, overall power contribution to the central grid and schedule to build the plant.
Minister of Energy M.Sonompil stated that the working group will have further discussions and the final contractor will be selected within this month.