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Mongolia to boost wind capacity

Staff Writer | October 13, 2017
Mongolia has launched a series of new wind power projects to develop its huge renewable energy potential and start delivering clean electricity to other countries.
Mongolia wind energy
Green energy   The 55-megawatt Sainshand plant
This is preparation for the creation of an Asia Super Grid.

The Mongolian government, with officials from France's state energy conglomerate Engie, held a groundbreaking ceremony late on Thursday for the first of the new wind farms, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

The 55-megawatt (MW) Sainshand plant, 460 km (288 miles) southeast of capital Ulaanbaatar, will help power a long-awaited industrial complex in the region, including an oil refinery.

But the sparsely populated northeast Asia country, which is hugely dependent on its mineral wealth, is looking to diversify its economy by exporting green energy to neighbours China and Russia, as well as to Japan and South Korea.

It initially aims to build 8,000 MW of wind capacity dedicated to power exports.