Progress being made in Khushigt Valley international airport construction
A new international airport is currently under construction 60 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar at Khushigt Valley in Sergelen soum of Tuv Province. Government delegates, including State Secretary General of Ministry of Road and Transportation, B.Batzaya; Chief of the Civil Aviation Authority, S.Buyandalai; Tuv Province Governor, D.Bayarbat; and representatives of the Ulaanbaatar City General Manager were joined by journalists for a visit to the construction site on September 11.
Since the groundbreaking ceremony, a runway field, the foundation of the airport, and an office and temporary accommodations for construction workers have been completed. Over 300 vehicles and equipment for nearly 400 workers are operating there. They have also connected the airport to a 110 KW electricity distribution line from Nalaikh, as well as fiber optic communication cable from Ulaanbaatar City, and are planning to operate the lines permanently.
As of September 11, 88.3 percent of 1,200 hectares overburden soil has been removed, which is three percent of the project’s work. Airport Project Coordinator, T.Enkhbat, said, “It took us quite a long time to start the project on this vast, empty land, but we have already completed three percent of the total project within two months. If the weather allows, we will continue our construction until December.”
The Mitsubishi-Chiyoda partnership is operating as the general executor of the project, Samsung C&T Corporation of Korea is operating as general assistant executor, while another 11 Mongolian companies are assisting project construction. By 2016, an international airport complex with the capacity to receive three million passengers per year, six jet bridges, modern services, runways able to receive airplanes 24/7 despite weather problems and harsh wind speeds, modern equipment, comprised of 30 buildings including an airway monitoring tower equipped with the latest technology, independent water treatment, water supply and heating distribution plants, will be operational in Khushigt Valley.
Khushigt Valley was chosen for the airport because officials plan to expand the airport in the future, adding up to 20 jet bridges, and increasing the capacity to receive 12 million passengers by receiving 22,000 airplanes per year if the number of passengers significantly rises after the airport’s opening.
The airport will be completed at the estimated cost of 49.5 billion JPY, or 500 million USD, and Mongolia will finish paying the loan at 0.2 percent interest over the next 40 years.
The development at Khushigt Valley will not only include an airport, but a new satellite city home to 100,000 citizens will be established in the valley. The Bogd Khan railway project will play a part in establishing the city, which is expected to reduce the population density in Ulaanbaatar and expand urbanization to the south of the capital.
A 37.7 kilometers of road between the airport and Ulaanbaatar will be built by a Concession Contract of the Ministry of Economic Development, while a 13.7 kilometer highway between Yarmag Bridge and Nisekh Checkpoint will be built with the Ulaanbaatar City Fund.
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