Orkhon Province sewage treatment plant extension under construction
The Governments of Mongolia and France launched the “Orkhon Province Sewage Treatment Plant Extention Project” together on July 17. Orkhon residents have been waiting for the extension for 23 years and province administrators were delighted to finally witness its launch in 2013.
The project is being financed by a soft loan from the Government of France and is expected to be operational by September 1, 2015. Ardaagan, Baiguulamj and Khachigan LLCs will construct an extension with the capacity to treat 48,000 m3 of water per day. It will be built at a cost of 26.2 billion MNT and nearly 18 billion EUR will be financed by the soft loan. Remaining costs will be funded by the Mongolian government.
The Orkhon Province sewage treatment plant was founded in 1978 and its current capacity is 24,000 m3 ofwater per day. However, in 1990, it could treat 32,000 m3 water per day. Erdenet Factory LLC discussed the rising demand for increased capacity with relevant organizations and partnered with Degremont, a French company, to conduct research and analysis.
As a city’s population grows, the demand for water increases, pushing water treatment services to be more productive. Engineering infrastructures are planned to factor in estimated population growth 5 to 10 years in the future. Accordingly, the Erdenet Factory planned the construction of an extension to be used for the next 50 years.
All equipment and parts for the extension were supplied by France in 2011, but due to various issues, the project was delayed. The French Ambassador met with B.Enkhjargal, chief of Mongolian Government Procurement Department, and pushed for progress on the project as the equipment had been ready for two years.
At the project’s launch, province delegates, as well as B.Enkhjargal; the French Ambassador to Mongolia, Yves Delaunay; Second Secretary General of the Ambassador, Jean Boulangé; Energy Plant Chief of Erdenet Factory LLC, M.Sharavdorj; and Sewage Treatment Plant Chief, A.Bayarsaikhan, attended the ceremony.
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