Mongolia awards engineering contract for 210-MW Egiin

Mongolia’s Energy Research and Development Center (ERDC) has awarded a 3 million euro (US$4.2 million) engineering services contract for the 210-MW Egiin hydroelectric project on the Egiin River.

ERDC, a unit of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy, awarded the contract to Poyry of Finland to serve as owner’s engineer during implementation of the project, upstream of Selenge River, the largest river draining into Lake Baikal.

Poyry is to review and approve the engineering-procurement-construction contractor’s basic and detail design. It also is to provide project management, construction supervision, commissioning supervision, knowledge transfer, and training.

Poyry has been active in the hydro and thermal power market in Mongolia since 1993. It has performed various technical studies of Egiin for the government since 1993.

With a 90-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam and four Francis turbine-generators, Egiin is to be the first large hydropower project in Mongolia. Upon completion in mid-2013, it is to increase the country’s installed capacity by 20 percent and generate 500,000 MWh per year.

The Chinese government agreed to provide a US$300 million loan for the project in 2006.

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