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Mongolia to Further Develop its Infrastructure

May 18 – Mongolia’s Cabinet identified a list of several “urgent” roads and bridges that need to be built. It also announced that 5,572 kilometers of roads and 900 kilometers of highways connecting Ulaanbaatar with aimags (provinces) would be restored under the umbrella of the country’s US$3.75 billion “New Up Building” program. While US$3.5 billion will be drawn from the mining sector for the program, US$17.5 million of the funding is expected to come from foreign and domestic investment, according to officials.

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Direct Flights between Ulaanbaatar and Istanbul to be Restored

May 17 – Starting from July, Turkish Airlines will offer direct flights from Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul three times a week. A cooperation memorandum on the direct flight was signed on by S. Batmonkh, head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia and by Bahri Kesici, a deputy director-general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation at Turkey’s Ministry of Transport and Communication.

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Mongolia to Speed Up Power Plant Preparation Work

Feb. 28 – Mongolia’s Cabinet has asked to accelerate the completion of the project proposal for the construction of the Fifth Thermal Power Plant in Ulaanbaatar, which is scheduled to start in 2013, according to local media. The government would like to announce the tender winner no later than June, 2012. At the start of the bidding procedures, 11 companies submitted formal applications to participate in the process. Now, only four of them remain, according to the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy.

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Mongolia to Set Up its First Wind Farm

Jan. 11 – The landlocked Mongolia – mostly known for being rich in coal and copper and for the mining industry driving national growth – will set its very first wind farm this year. Mongolia has the potential to generate 2.6 million megawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower according to jointly collected data from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Mongolian National Renewable Energy Center. The landlocked country with its high and wide windswept plains has a great resource in wind power, but is not using it. On average, wind blows at least 25 feet a second

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Mongolia to Use Massive Ice Blocks for Summer AirCon

Nov. 17 – Mongolia is to launch one of the world’s biggest ice-making experiments later this month in an attempt to combat the adverse affects of global warming and the urban heat island effect. The geo-engineering trial, that is being funded by the Ulaanbaatar city government, aims to “store” freezing winter temperatures in a giant block of ice that will help to cool and water the city as it slowly melts during the summer. The scientists behind the 1 billion tugrik (US$700,000) project hope the process will reduce energy demand from air conditioners and regulate drinking water and irrigation supplies.

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