Mongolia asks Turkey for technical assistance to dam project

Mongolian Environment Minister visited Turkish counterpart Eroglu to receive technical assistance for The Orkhon-Gobi pipeline project.

Mongolian Environment Minister Luimed Ganskhuk visited Turkish Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu Thursday to receive technical assistance for "the Orkhon-Gobi Multipurpose Irrigation Pipeline project".

Speaking to reporters before the private meeting in Istanbul, Eroglu said under the project construction of a dam over the Orkhon river was planned in order to generate electricity and supply water to the mining facilities in Southern Mongolia, irrigation systems as well as drinking water networks.

Eroglu said Mongolia requested technical assistance from Turkey and Turkish experts prepared a preliminary study for the $600 million project. He said experts would now make a feasibility study for the construction of the dam, the hydro power plant and the pipeline, with the build-operate-transfer model.

In his part, Mongolian Environment Minister Ganskhuk said that they were carrying talks with Turkish officials to see if the project could be funded by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).

He said they were looking to take decision in the Turkish-Mongolian Joint Economic Council for the signing of an agreement between the environment ministries of the two countries for the implementation of the feasibility report.


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