Coal gasification plant to be built from Mongolia and Germany’s diplomatic partnership
This is an interview with Ts. Garamjav, the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (MMRE) about the new coal gasification plant to be built in Mongolia through partnership with Germany.
-It was decided that the coal gasification plant would be built in cooperation with Germany. What were the initial steps that had to be taken?
-Initial steps have been taken towards the construction of the gasification plant. Mongolian MCS and MAK Groups along with Tsetsens Mining and Energy have set the foundation to start a business partnership with the German conglomerate Siemens and Tussen Group. Additionally, MCS Group and Petrovis LLC made a coal liquefaction equipment supply contract with Germany’s Lurgi AG, based on the Fischer-Tropsch technology.
It is reasonable to understand that the most significant agreements and contracts on building a coal gasification plant in Mongolia have already been done. We have also talked about producing coking coal and building ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy in Mongolia.
A lot of heat or thermal energy can be extracted from a coal coking plant, and we have also seized the opportunity and signed contracts with German parties on cooperating on generating electricity utilizing this method. Introducing the worldwide accepted, advanced technology of Germany to Mongolia is a big step for us. We have talked about and admired the high-end technologies of Germany for many years and we are now finally bringing them to Mongolia.
These national level business partnerships with Germany have mostly been initiated through the high-level diplomatic visits made by President Ts. Elbegdorj.
-When will the coal gasification plant be operational?
-The first coal gasification plants of Mongolia will be up and running in less than three years.
The coking plant is due to be in operation very soon. Technical and economic assessments on the coking plant have already been completed; specialists from both countries are conducting research on the plant. They are currently choosing and buying machinery and equipment. A major problem we are facing in constructing and operating the plant is the infrastructure of Mongolia. We have discussed the issue during our visit to Germany. We hope that this problem will be fixed soon.
-Where will the coal refining plants will be built?
-We see the Sainshand Industrial Complex as a possibility.
-How will Germany work with Mongolia on constructing the Mining Academy?
-There are not many engineers today that can work with Siemens technology. Most Mongolian engineers are accustomed to Russian technology. If they learn to work with Siemens, it will greatly speed up our mining sector. This is the aim of the new Mining Academy. We are partnering up with Germany on all levels of study – research, workshops and advanced training. Once the Academy is established, many German teachers, engineers, and professionals in mining will arrive in Mongolia.
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