FOUR years after opening Mongolia’s first wind farm, Salkhit, Newcom has opened the country’s second wind farm, Tsetsii. Completion of the project is testament to the co-operation of Newcom and SB Energy, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group Corp.

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The Salkhit Wind Farm at work in Mongolia’s harsh winter.

Construction of Tsetsii Wind Farm started in September 2016 and after one year, a major milestone was reached three months ahead of the construction schedule.

The wind farm opened in early October 2016 following completion of site works, including installation of the 25 wind turbines and construction of Tsetsii Substation along with a 32km overhead transmission line connecting to the Central Grid of Mongolia.

This achievement followed the project reaching more than 900,000 man-hours without a lost time incident in September 2017. Approximately 500 people worked on construction of the project with 95% being Mongolian.

As one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries with very harsh winters, Mongolia faces considerable challenges to provide sufficient heat and electricity for its people, especially in rural areas.

However, Mongolia has been identified as having the potential to be a major wind power producer and it is estimated to have more than 1100GW of installed generating capacity, distributed largely in southern and eastern regions.

The 50MW Tsetsii Wind Farm is financed by the JICA and EBRD. It was JICA’s first overseas investment and loan project in the renewable energy sector and the private sector.

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas was selected as wind turbine supplier and EPC contractor. Among many subcontractors, Newcom’s subsidiary Newcom Mining Service LLC was selected by Vestas as balance of plant and civil work contractor. It completed the wind farm’s road works, construction of O&M facilities, turbine foundations and project camp management.

The Tsetsii Wind Farm will help contribute to sustainable economic development by reducing the amount of imported electricity and mitigate against climate change. Specifically, as a result of the project, it is estimated that approximately 230,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be displaced and 180,000 tonnes of coal and 1.2 million tonnes of water will be saved.

Located in southern Mongolia, Tsetsii will contribute further benefits in facilitating infrastructure development for railway, road and electrical services.

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