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[26 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

The WB MINIS Project reports that Meeting of Sub-working Group took place in Irkutsk
Under the Mining infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS), Terms of Reference (ToR) of  Regional Environmental Assessment ( REA) for the Flow Regulation of Orkhon River and Construction of Reservoir Complex (OGP ) and Shuren Hydropower Plant Projects ( SHPP) is being developed, and covers Selenge River Basin and Lake Baikal. 

To ensure bilateral cooperation the Mongolian-Russian Sub-working group was established to discuss the draft ToR of REA of hydro-technical facilities’ projects which are being planned …

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[18 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and Greenpeace Russia
Submission to the World Heritage Center and the IUCN. April 2018
Concerns regarding implementation of WHC decisions on Lake Baikal and recommendations for the 2018 World Heritage Committee Decision
Lake Baikal is undergoing serious environmental crisis. In 2017 among the good news was revocation by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the mining license for Kholodnenskoye Zinc deposit, which was the major step forward in ensuring lasting protection of the World Heritage Site. However, this is the only truly good news from …

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[20 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

"We have achieved something of a success story," says activist Aleksandr Kolotov. "But it is far too early to celebrate victory."
 
IRKUTSK, Russia — Environmentalists in Russia’s Far East have been celebrating a small victory in a long war to protect one of the world’s great natural treasures, Lake Baikal. On September 27, the World Bank froze its tender process for a Mongolian project to construct a hydroelectric station on the Selenga River, the main inlet source for the massive lake. The environmentalists have been arguing for years that …

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[19 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

Clean Energy Asia, a joint venture between Newcom Group and Japanese Softbank Energy, launched commercial operations for its 50MW Tsetsii wind farm in  Umnugovi Province.
The farm, consisting of 25 Vestas V90 turbines, was finished three months ahead of the scheduled commencement in December 2017. SoftBank Group chairman and chief executive Masayoshi Son said, “I’m very pleased that the commercial launch of the Tsetsii wind farm marks the first step for SoftBank Group to establish a renewable energy business in Mongolia under the Asia Super Grid project, in addition to …

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[2 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

 

High and ever increasing prices for electricity exported from Russia to Mongolia is the most commonly quoted reason for Mongolia’s plans to build its own large hydropower. In case of Lake Baikal Basin this looks especially true, since part of water that rotates turbines at Angara Hydropower Cascade (belongs to En+Group) comes from Selenge river in Mongolia. During last 6 months several different new transmission lines for additional electricity exports for lower prices were proposed by Russian Grid Co, Republic  of Buryatia, other entities. However promise of new cheap …

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The WB Inspection Panel recognized that 2015 Request for Inspection "had placed the MINIS project on a positive trajectory…"

Finally it is all over! The World Bank Inspection Panel after 2,5 years of close supervision decided not to investigate compliant submitted by Mongolian and Russian citizens concerned with intended feasibility study of Shuren Hydropower and the Orkhon Gobi Water Diversion projects in Lake Baikal Basin.
The Panel justifies its soft decision by obvious improvement in MINIS Project consultation mechanisms and promises to reshuffle completely the intended set of studies, committing …