New in­ter­na­tional air­port al­most ready for flight

The UB Post - - Front Page - By B.DULGUUN

Anew air­port is un­der con­struc­tion at Khushigt Val­ley in Serge­len soum of Tuv Province and is just a hair away from be­com­ing op­er­a­tional, ac­cord­ing to the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity.

Orig­i­nally planned for launch in 2016 but re­peat­edly post­poned, the New Ulaan­baatar In­ter­na­tional Air­port is ex­pected to start re­ceiv­ing air traf­fic next year and the con­struc­tion work had al­ready pro­ceeded to 98.9 per­cent of com­ple­tion as of De­cem­ber 18. This air­port will re­place and ob­tain the name of the cur­rent Ching­gis Khaan In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The new air­port is be­ing con­structed with a Ja­panese con­ces­sional loan with an an­nual in­ter­est rate of 0.1 per­cent for 40 years. The orig­i­nal loan sum is 49.5 bil­lion JPY with a re­pay­ment pe­riod of 43 months, but with an ad­di­tional agree­ment signed in March last year to lend an­other 5.9 bil­lion JPY for the de­vel­op­ment work.

The State Com­mis­sion de­tected 1,278 vi­o­la­tions in its last re­view, but the ex­ecu­tors say 93.9 per­cent of these vi­o­la­tions have been set­tled.

A del­e­ga­tion led by Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh over­saw the pro­ject on De­cem­ber 18 and com­mended ex­ecu­tors for build­ing the air­port in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The air­port is de­signed with a ca­pac­ity to carry 1,500 pas­sen­gers per hour and make it pos­si­ble to ac­cept eight air­planes si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

HOW WAS THE LOAN SPENT?

The new air­port will con­sist of 32 fa­cil­i­ties. It will have two run­ways, a road, rail ter­mi­nal, con­trol cen­ter, pas­sen­ger ser­vice build­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, a park­ing lot for 825 ve­hi­cles, 42 megawatt power plant, 110 kilo­watt elec­tric sub­sta­tion, un­der­ground well, sewage sys­tem, waste­water treat­ment plant, avi­a­tion re­pair sta­tion, fire and res­cue bri­gade, garage for 200 ve­hi­cles, cargo stor­age, un­der­ground fill­ing sta­tion, con­tainer ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 8,000 tons of fuel, and a flood con­trol chan­nel.

The air­port will have the largest un­der­ground en­gi­neer­ing sys­tem in the coun­try, mea­sur­ing 1.5 kilo­me­ters in length. It will have two tun­nels – one for hot and cold water, and an­other for waste­water.

The avi­a­tion con­trol cen­ter is 38 meters in height and is re­silient to earthquakes of up to mag­ni­tude nine. Mean­while, the fire bri­gade has been fully equipped for any emer­gency. The largest ter­mi­nal of the air­port is nearly 54,000 square meters and ca­pa­ble of serv­ing up to three mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year. Di­rec­tor of the pro­ject team B.Enkhbat un­der­lined that the air­port will have Mon­go­lia's “first and largest green fa­cil­ity” cov­er­ing 75 hectares.

All that’s left to do now is to com­plete the con­struc­tion of a hangar for avi­a­tion ser­vice com­pa­nies, the pro­ject team said. The team said that it will spend around five bil­lion MNT on the hangar as this amount was saved from the sec­ond round of in­vest­ment.

B.Enkhbat told the prime min­is­ter, “The hangar will be­come op­er­a­tional in June next year. Its con­struc­tion work is at 27 per­cent com­ple­tion. We hope to pur­chase a steel frame­work for the hangar from China. We’ve al­ready re­quested for cus­toms’ ex­emp­tion.”

PRE­MIER HOPES TO OPEN NEW AIR­PORT BE­FORE NAADAM 2019

One of the most im­por­tant projects for the gov­ern­ment is the New Ulaan­baatar In­ter­na­tional Air­port Pro­ject as it will in­vig­o­rate the tourism in­dus­try.

Ja­pan wants to start a di­rect flight be­tween Ulaan­baatar and Hokkaido, Tur­key wants to start new flight ser­vices in Mon­go­lia, and South Ko­rea and China want to in­crease their flight fre­quen­cies. We’ve been miss­ing out on these golden op­por­tu­ni­ties due to low pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal ca­pac­ity. This prompted the gov­ern­ment to has­ten the launch of the new air­port.

The pro­ject must be ben­e­fi­cial to both Mon­go­lia and Ja­pan, as noted by Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh dur­ing his lat­est on-sight re­view of the air­port.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tive busi­ness needs to be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. We must trust one an­other. Busi­ness is pos­si­ble only with trust. The Ja­panese side has a very im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing nor­mal op­er­a­tions of the new air­port. We will con­tinue to make sure the new in­ter­na­tional air­port is prof­itable. We will need to sign a man­age­ment agree­ment to en­sure it is mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. The Mon­go­lian gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing and as­sist­ing the pro­ject in ev­ery pos­si­ble way and will con­tinue to do so,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter in­structed the pro­ject team to make the new air­port op­er­a­tional be­fore next year’s Na­tional Naadam Fes­ti­val set to open on July 11.

JA­PANESE AM­BAS­SADOR CALLS

FOR SPE­CIAL AT­TEN­TION TO NEW AIR­PORT

PRO­JECT

Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Mon­go­lia Masato Takaoka noted, “The man­age­ment agree­ment for the new air­port will be fi­nal­ized by the end of Jan­uary 2019. I hope the Mon­go­lian side can ac­tively take part in the air­port’s man­age­ment. Nearly 40 fa­cil­i­ties will be put into op­er­a­tion along with the new air­port. The man­age­ment agree­ment is very im­por­tant for en­sur­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally-ap­proved air­port can work at its full ca­pac­ity. Safety is vi­tal for the launch of the air­port too. En­sur­ing safety will make it pos­si­ble to pro­vide re­li­able ser­vices.”

Be­fore the air­port be­comes op­er­a­tional, res­tau­rants and spe­cial­ized agen­cies need to be moved and hu­man re­sources trained, said Am­bas­sador Takaoka be­fore re­quest­ing the Mon­go­lian gov­ern­ment to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to these mat­ters.

As agreed, the Mon­go­lian side will take 49 per­cent of the air­port’s to­tal profit and the rest will go to the Ja­panese side. The con­ces­sional loan will be re­paid in the first 15 years af­ter the com­mis­sion and the own­er­ship of the air­port will be trans­ferred to Mon­go­lia.

MON­GO­LIA'S PRO­JECT

EX­E­CU­TION

The Mon­go­lian side is in charge of build­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­ter, aero­drome re­pair ser­vices, and freight ser­vices. Ac­cord­ing to the team, the ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­ter has al­ready been opened while the con­struc­tion of the other two fa­cil­i­ties is at 92.5 per­cent of com­ple­tion.

“Thirty bil­lion MNT from the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity’s ex­cess in­come will be trans­ferred to the Mon­go­lian side’s 49 per­cent stake be­fore the end of the year. Within the first quar­ter of next year, the re­main­ing 17.1 mil­lion USD will be trans­ferred by our author­ity. We’ve started build­ing the cater­ing ser­vices build­ing. As spec­i­fied in the agree­ment, we’re work­ing to open it in June next year,” said L.Byam­ba­suren, head of the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity.

Next, L.Byam­ba­suren re­ported on the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­la­tions found by the State Com­mis­sion last year. Out of 1,278 de­tected vi­o­la­tions, 1,209 have been re­moved. How­ever, an­other 720 er­rors and de­fects were dis­cov­ered later in con­nec­tion to com­mis­sion­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to L.Byam­ba­suren, only 64 of these er­rors haven’t been elim­i­nated yet. He stressed that these de­fi­cien­cies will not ob­struct flight op­er­a­tions and said that test flights have been com­pleted suc­cess­fully.

A task­force was as­signed in Oc­to­ber un­der the prime min­is­ter’s lead­er­ship to re­solve all is­sues be­fore the air­port’s open­ing. The team as­sessed that there are 36 tasks left to com­plete and is cur­rently work­ing to fin­ish them over the next three months, re­ported Min­is­ter of Roads and Trans­port De­vel­op­ment Ya.Sod­baatar.

Af­ter over­see­ing op­er­a­tions, Prime Min­is­ter U.Khurel­sukh or­dered the task­force and pro­ject team to speed up their work.

MIN­IS­TERS RE­PORT ON RE­LATED

SUBPROJECTS

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ch.Khurel­baatar: There will be no prob­lem re­gard­ing the fi­nances of the new air­port pro­ject. It is ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tional in the first half of 2019. This will di­ver­sify the

econ­omy, boost tourism, in­crease US dol­lar in­flow to Mon­go­lia, and lib­er­ate the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor by at­tract­ing new com­pa­nies.

All of the re­quired fund­ing for the pro­ject has been ap­proved in the 2019 state bud­get. The Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity has also pro­jected es­sen­tial funds from its own profit. The Min­istry of Fi­nance is fully sup­port­ive of this pro­ject.

Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Tourism N.Tseren­bat: Mon­go­lia will be able to ac­cept three mil­lion tourists a year for the first time. The corner­stone of the Mon­go­lian econ­omy should be tourism. The foun­da­tion for this is avi­a­tion ser­vice. An air­port ca­pa­ble of serv­ing three mil­lion tourist a year is about to open and boost state rev­enue through tourism. Con­se­quently, it will cre­ate more jobs.

Our min­istry is dis­cussing a fi­nanc­ing of a to­tal of 5.9 mil­lion MNT for the pro­ject, as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­ceive as­sis­tance from pro­fes­sional bod­ies.

Min­is­ter of Con­struc­tion and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Kh.Badelkhan: In con­nec­tion with the new air­port pro­ject, an aero city will be es­tab­lished. The gen­eral ac­tion plan for the aero city has been ap­proved. The gov­ern­ment de­cided to ex­pand the plan. Ac­cord­ingly, we de­vel­oped a gen­eral plan for a satel­lite city with as­sis­tance from other min­istries and Ulaan­baatar Mayor’s Of­fice. Right now, we’re gath­er­ing ideas and it will be dis­cussed at the Cab­i­net ses­sion next week.

South Ko­rea has agreed to pro­vide fund­ing for the fea­si­bil­ity study. We de­vel­oped a gen­eral plan de­signed for 34,000 peo­ple to live in the satel­lite city. To pur­chase 12,000 hectares of land for the satel­lite city, we’re fac­ing trou­ble for an area of 3,800 hectares. In par­tic­u­lar, 114 en­ti­ties are oc­cu­py­ing this area. We're work­ing with the Mayor of Tuv Province on the land evic­tion mat­ter. This land prob­lem will not be an is­sue for launch­ing the new air­port.

Min­is­ter of En­ergy Ts.Davaa­suren: We don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence sup­ply­ing power to a spe­cial pur­pose fa­cil­ity. There are two prob­lems re­gard­ing power sup­ply. One of them is con­nect­ing the se­condary power source – Songino sub­sta­tion – to the air­port. It will be done through the city bud­get. The sec­ond prob­lem is the in­stal­la­tion of a re­new­able en­ergy source, namely a so­lar power sys­tem.

We’re await­ing an assess­ment by pro­fes­sional bod­ies.

Min­is­ter of Roads and Trans­port De­vel­op­ment Ya.Sod­baatar: We will hand over the works we’ve been put in charge of to the State Com­mis­sion on time. There are four mat­ters re­lated to our min­istry. The con­struc­tion work of the aero­drome re­pair ser­vices, funded with the state bud­get, is at 87.3 per­cent com­ple­tion, while 89.4 per­cent of the freight ser­vices build­ing have been com­pleted. We will com­mis­sion them be­fore the dead­line.

We’re work­ing to open a 32.2-kilo­me­ter-long high­way with six lanes. Al­though the con­tract says it should be com­mis­sioned on July 1 next year, we’re plan­ning to hand it over by June 1. More­over, we’re try­ing to es­tab­lish a con­sor­tium for the 51:49 man­age­ment sys­tem.

Deputy Mayor of Ulaan­baatar P.Ba­yarkhuu: The re­quired funds have been pro­jected in the bud­get. There are two mat­ter con­nected to the city author­ity. The cap­i­tal spent 600 mil­lion MNT to de­velop a gen­eral plan for an aero city. The sec­ond mat­ter is re­lated to power sup­ply. For in­stalling two sub­sta­tions, the city ap­proved 1.18 bil­lion MNT for next year’s city bud­get.

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