EBRD Ulaanbaatar Wastewater Expansion Program
EBRD Ulaanbaatar Wastewater Expansion Program
2015-07-23

MonConsult in association with TEC International (TEC) as Lead firm and PADECO was engaged to by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to prepare the Feasibility Study for Ulaanbaatar Wastewater Expansion Programme starting from 25 February, 2015.

Assignment Duration: The Assignment has an estimated duration of 6 months. 

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000; exclusive of VAT.

Funding Source: Japan-EBRD Cooperation Fund

MonConsult in association with TEC International (TEC) as Lead firm and PADECO was engaged to by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to prepare the Feasibility Study for Ulaanbaatar Wastewater Expansion Programme. 

Assignment Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is considering investing in the expansion of the wastewater treatment services in Ulaanbaatar, which is experiencing increasing urbanisation. The City of Ulaanbaatar (the City) intends to implement its Water and Wastewater Master Plan to cover the projected needs of the increasing population. The Master Plan outlines the following critical components to meet the needs of the population and increased economic activity by 2020: (i) modernisation and upgrade of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP); and (ii) closure of old Soviet-designed small WWTPs to be replaced by modern WWTPs in the new housing developments areas. The City is constructing several new zones in the outskirts to provide modern housing for migrants and to reduce the proportion of inhabitants living in the so called 'Ger area' (small, fenced-in plots of land, isolated from the main commercial activity and public services in the City).

Water supply improvement has been supported by several aid agencies, such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in the past, but wastewater infrastructure, particularly wastewater treatment to comply with the Master Plan, has yet to be established. The Project will enable the Ulaanbaatar Water and Wastewater Authority to expand its wastewater treatment services to the new housing development areas. The key benefits of the operation are: improved living conditions, reduced health risks for the City’s population, as well as prevention of environmental pollution.

The specific objectives of the Feasibility Study are to develop an affordable least cost and cost effective bankable Investment Programme to expand the wastewater treatment services to the new housing development area by constructing a new WWTP; and carry out environmental and social due diligence to establish Project's compliance with EBRD's Environmental and Social Policy and Performance Requirements (the Assignment).

The specific objectives of the feasibility study are to: 

  • Develop an affordable least cost and cost effective bankable Investment Program to expand the wastewater treatment services to the new housing development area by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP);
  • Carry out an Environmental and Social Due Diligence to establish Project’s compliance with EBRD’s 2008 Environmental and Social Policy and Performance Requirements.
  • Review the existing Feasibility Study Reports for Emeelt Industrial Park Plan made by Ulaanbaatar City, and
  • Make recommendations on industrial wastewater in the Long-Term Investment Programme based on the above review.
 
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