- Conference date: 26–30 July 2010
- Location: Ulaanbaatar, (Mongolia)
Over ninety percent of Mongolia’s energy load is run through the Central Energy System. This primary grid provides Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, with the power it uses to function. In the first half of 2010 the Central Energy System managed 1739.45 million kWhs, a 4.6 percent increase from 2009. If this growth rate continues, by 2015 Ulaanbaatar’s three power plants will be unable to generate enough heat and electricity to meet the city’s needs. Currently, plans have been proposed to rehabilitate the aging coal power plants. However, rising maintenance costs and growing emission levels make the long‐term sustainability of this solution uncertain. The following paper analyzes the capital, maintenance, and decommissioning costs associated with the current rehabilitation plans and compares them with a nuclear alternative.
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