Russian company to construct power bridge in Mongolia www.news.mn
Russia’s Federal Grid Company (FGC), an affiliate of the Rosset holding, has started work on a preliminary feasibility study for the Russia - Mongolia power bridge.
Mongolia often experiences electricity shortage problems in its national grid. Previously, Rosset proposed supplying electricity using the power transmission lines from power generating facilities in Siberia. Ulaanbaatar expressed interest in the project, which was due to start in January 2018.
As previously reported, Rosset offered to construction a 500 kV power transmission line across the territory of Russia and Mongolia. Construction of the power line will make it possible for Russia and Mongolia to provide high quality power supply to regions currently experiencing problems with electricity supply. In addition, it would avoid the environmental risks which would have been caused by a 'home-grown' project to build a series of power plants on the River Selenga. The general benefit would be reducing the costs of developing the Mongolian energy system.
Russian environmental and scientific circles have repeatedly expressed their concerns about Mongolia’s plans to build a cascade of hydro-electric dams - one on the Selenga and two on its main tributaries - the Eg and the Orkhon. The sensitivity is because the Selenga river basin feeds Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are real concerns as to how the dams would influence the sensitive ecology of the lake; in total some 80% of all water that flows into the lake comes from the Selenga and its tributaries.