Mongolia seeks Orkhon River dam construction study including hydropower

The government of Mongolia invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare specifications for a feasibility study of dam construction on the Orkhon River including hydropower. Responses are due May 9.

Mongolia received funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association for technical assistance to the Mining Infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS), which includes proposed flow regulation of the Orkhon River and construction of a water reservoir complex. The bank’s International Finance Corp. recruited consultants in January to perform hydro-economic analyses to ensure sustainable water resource management by client countries including Mongolia.

MINIS now seeks consultants to prepare detailed terms of reference for a feasibility study of flow regulation of the Orkhon and construction of a water reservoir complex. The three-month assignment is to include comprehensive environmental, social, and financial screening; terms for environmental and social impact assessment, economic and financial studies, and technical and engineering studies; and a project preparation plan.

The project is aimed at constructing a dam and reservoir on the Orkhon River to secure water supply for mining operations in Mongolia’s Southern Gobi region. In the area of additional benefits, the study is to include the feasibility of building a hydroelectric project.

Mongolia already is studying the feasibility of building the 300-MW Shuren hydroelectric project on the Selenge River. Mongolia’s Energy Research and Development Center awarded a contract in 2007 to Poyry of Finland to serve as owner’s engineer for construction of the 210-MW Egiin hydroelectric project on the Egiin River. The following year, consultants were recruited to help Mongolia develop an internationally consistent renewable energy development framework.

Terms of reference for this assignment may be obtained from the MINIS Internet site, Expressions of interest are due by 3 p.m. May 9, by delivery, mail, fax, or e-mail to the address below.

For information, contact Project Implementation Unit, Mining Infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS), Attn.: B. Gerelbat, Procurement Specialist, Arig Center Building, Suite 401, Jamyan Gun Street-10, Khoroo 1, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Tel/Fax: (976) 70112689; E-mail:; Internet:

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