Архив за месяц: Июнь 2010

Kherlen River diversion encounters obstacles?

Mongolian Mining  Journal: Decision on industrial units cannot be hurried

Ts.Davaatseren, Head of the Mining and Research Department at MRAM, explains why many aspects have to be carefully studied before beginning work on setting up factories.

The Minerals Resources Agency of  Mongolia and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy have been jointly studying the best location for copper smelters. How is it going?

Parliament has approved in principle a proposal to construct a smelter and that is why the MRAM and the Ministry are evaluating the choices of location, as also the right time to begin building, what infrastructure will be needed, and marketing strategies and sales opportunities. Nothing is final as yet, but at the moment, we are focusing on three options
The Ministry of Construction and Urban Development has published its guidelines for building an industrial complex in Sainshand, Donorgobi which will include a smelter. However, if a number of large factories are to come up in Sainshand, water supply and energy issues have to be resolved first. The Water Authority does not know if there is any water reserve in Sainshand to meet such increased demands. There has been no decision on what the capacity of the smelter will be, but whatever is decided, assured water supply is a basic issue.

How realistic are suggestions to bring water to the Sainshand complex through a canal from the Kherlen river?

There are political imperatives that stand in the way. There is an agreement with the Chinese whereby they will build a big power station near the Shivee Ovoo coal mine. Work on that has not yet begun because of the same water supply problem. Several studies were made on digging canals from the Kherlen to Shivee Ovoo, but politics has stalled the work. In such a situation, the proposed canals do seem unlikely.



Editorial note: This  dangerous water diversion project  encountered»obstacles» many times since its inception decades ago. For the most part these were serious concerns over fragile nature of Kherlen River and Dalai Lake it feeds. It is interesting that mining official calls current obstacles»political».

A list of instructions issued following a State Council Presidium meeting has been approved

Dmitry Medvedev approved a list of instructions issued following a meeting of the State Council Presidium on May 27, 2010 on improving the system of state environmental regulation.

The Russian Government has been instructed to submit to the State Duma by December 1, 2010, draft federal laws on developing the required legal and economic mechanisms.

Other instructions concern renewable energy sources, state support for innovation projects that can reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, improving regulations on the use, protection and conservation of forests, the establishment of federal and regional environmental funds, and promotion of environmental education and awareness.

With Russia currently examining the possibility of joining the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, an instruction has also been given to draw up a package of measures to fight desertification.

The Government has also been instructed to work together with the regional authorities in the relevant regions on drafting a federal targeted programme offering a package of measures to protect – including against cross-border impact – and ensure environmentally sustainable use of water and biological resources in the Amur River basin.

The Government has also been set a deadline of December 31, 2010, for drafting, together with interested public organisations, the principles of Russia’s environmental policy through to 2030.

Original article: http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/377