During its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Cabinet discussed further measures which will be taken to reduce air pollution in Ulaanbaatar.
Cabinet agreed to increase the capacity of Thermal Power Plant No.3 by 250 megawatts and extend the electric and thermal transmission systems of the plan. The prime minister instructed energy and finance ministers to implement a project to renew a turbine generator at Thermal Power Plant No.4 with a soft loan provided by Russia.
Ministers accepted the upgrade of the power plants as energy experts determined that the proposed extension for Thermal Power Plant No.3 will increase the plant’s thermal power by 1.5 times and will double the capacity of electric power output, and the proposed update of Thermal Power Plant No.4 will improve the safety of the power system and reduce the current level of toxic smoke produced by the plant threefold.
In his report after the meeting, Minister of Energy Ts.Davaasuren stated that the government is working to promote an electric heating system to help reduce Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution. After the proposed expansions are carried out, 19,000 additional ger district residents will be provided with free electricity at night, and a total of 60,000 ger district households will be provided free nighttime electricity.