ULAN BATOR, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia has started to domestically produce 98 percent of its electrical supply after four turbo-generators of Thermal Power Plant No. 3 in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator have been upgraded and connected to the Central Energy System, the press office of the Mongolian government said Monday.
"The government decided to write off payments for water, heat, electricity and waste for households and organizations across the country from Dec. 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that the expansion of 89 megawatts (MW) will play an important role in maintaining reliable supply to meet increasing consumption for electricity and heat during the winter season," Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh said at the commissioning ceremony of the expansion.
The power grid of the Asian country saw a maximum load of 1,300 MW on Dec.14, 2020 after the government's decision to writing off the utility costs, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission.
Prior to the expansion, the country produced over 80 percent of its electrical supply domestically.