Smart Energy System for Mongolia – Feasibility Study on Smart Energy System

Oct 3, 2020

Description of Project:

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA), Mongolia: Smart Energy System for Mongolia, will support the country’s energy policy to promote renewable energy power generation and to maintain the power grid stability in Mongolia through studies to transform the existing national power grid to a smart grid using innovative technologies and practices. The government of Mongolia aims to increase the share of renewable energy in total installed capacity in the country from around 12% in 2018 to 20% by 2023 and 30% by 2030 as per the State Policy on Energy, 2015–2030.1 The country’s electricity supply depends on imported power (20%) and on domestic power, which is mostly generated by coal. The power sector adopts a single buyer model, where National Dispatching Center (NDC), an independent system operator, is the single buyer. Country’s renewable energy development has been supported by private sector. The government plans to transit from traditional power purchase agreement (PPA) scheme to auction system. To unlock the country’s renewable energy potential, Asian Development Bank (ADB) also supports the government.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

  • Assess the establishment of Metering Data Management System (MDMS), which will upgrade and expand the existing automatic meter reading system. The MDMS will install revenue-precision meters for settlement of wholesale power market at point-of connections among power utilities including generation, transmission, and distribution companies,
  • Install a metering data management (settlement) server, and connect meters via SCADA and other networks to the settlement server,
  • Assess the installation of synchro-phasor based Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) that expedites the restoration from the large-scale blackout and reduces the possible blackout in future,
  • Design the expansion of the existing SCADA network coverage from the central energy system (CES) to the other regional energy systems, including the western energy system, the eastern energy system, and the Altai-Uliastai energy system,
  • Recommend the upgrade of energy management system to meet the changing energy sector environment,
  • Recommend the establishment of backup control center (BCC) and design the scope of work for the BCC,
  • Review and recommend necessary cyber security countermeasure against possible threads,
  • Assess policy and market regarding grid flexibility,
  • Assess the financial capability of NDC and NPTG as a loan borrower
  • Recommend measures for gender mainstreaming about the project
  • Conduct preliminary safeguard assessment on the prioritized project
  • Prepare the feasibility study report, which contains Action Plan of Smart Energy for Mongolia (2020-2025), based on the above findings,
  • Identify the prioritized smart energy project,

Explore measures to engage more female staff to join NDC to ensure gender inclusivity.

SECTOR

Power & Energy

COUNTRY

Mongolia

CLIENT

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

TIMELINE

2020 – 2021