Darkhan power station
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Darkhan power station is an 83-megawatt (MW) coal plant in the city of Darkhan, Mongolia.
The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Darkhan.
In 2013 the government of Mongolia's Energy Ministry "received a financial contribution from the KfW development bank" towards what was described as the "Energy Efficiency Program II". As a part of the project tenders were called for the "preparation of a feasibility study for the rehabilitation" of two thermal power stations - the Darkhan powwer station and the 36 MW Choibalsan power station.
In 2015 it was reported the 35 MW unit would be co-funded by KfW with €15m and €5m from Mongolia’s budget.
In May 2017 it was reported EUR 11 million additional funding was required for completion of the refurbishment, which was expected to be completed by 2018. The additional funding is reportedly required because the equipment and material prices had increased since the establishment of the agreement.
On January 26, 2018, the Parliament of Mongolia passed a loan agreement with Germany to finance the new unit of the Darkhan project. The Mongolian Government will obtain a EUR 5 million loan within the Mongolia-Germany Intergovernmental Agreement on Financial Cooperation, and an Additional Loan and Second Project Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and KfW Development Bank.
According to government plans from 2015-2016, the new unit is planned for commissioning in 2018.
The new unit was commissioned in 2019.
A coal exploration company, Viking Ashanti, announced in May 2014 that BRX LLC, subsidiary of a subsidiary of Auminco which in turn is a subsidiary of Viking Ashanti, had entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding on potential supply of coal to the expanded plant from its proposed Berkh Uul Bituminous Coal Project in northern Mongolia. Viking stated that the existing power station consumes approximately 400,000 tonnes of coal per year and that the expanded plant would consumer approximately 600,000 tonnes of coal a year.
Project Details for 35 MW Expansion
- Sponsor: Darkhan Thermal Power Plant Joint Stock Company
- Parent company: Central Energy System
- Location: Darkhan, Mongolia
- Coordinates: 49.4366, 105.9576 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross Capacity: 35 MW
- Type: Subcritical
- Start year: 2019
- Coal Type: Bituminous
- Coal Source: Berkh Uul Coal Project, northern Mongolia
- Source of financing: KfW (€15m), Mongolia (€5m), Mongolia-Germany Intergovernmental Agreement on Financial Cooperation (€5m)
Articles and resources
- "Darkhan TES CHP Power Plant", Global Energy Observatory, accessed July 2014.
- "Viking Ashanti, Auminco sign coal MoU with Mongolian Govt power authority", ProActive investors, May 01, 2014.
- "Feasibility Study for the Rehabilitation of Two Thermal Power Plants in Mongolia", Devex, August 27, 2013.
- "Mongolia - Energy Efficiency Program I: New Turbine for Darkhan Thermal Power Plant DTPP", Intec website, accessed July 2014.
- "Increasing electricity capacity key to meeting growing demand in Mongolia's energy sector," Oxford Report, 2015
- "Darkhan thermal power plant project requires additional funding," montsame.mn, May 25, 2017
- "Parliament of Mongolia passes EUR 5 million loan agreement in Germany," Aki Press, 27 January 2018
- "Mongolia Third National Communication," UNFCCC, Oct 14, 2018
- "35 MW generator installed at Darkhan Power Station," Montsame, 2019-10-07