The Salkhit Wind Farm-Mongolia’s first wind farm

The first tower erected at the Salkhit Wind Farm in Mongolia. The horses are owned by a family of herders that still live with in the boundaries of the plant.
Herders in front of Salkhit Wind Farm
Herders in front of Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
Herders in front of Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
Mongolian workers pouring the foundations of a wind turbine at the Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
Mongolian workers pouring the foundations of a wind turbine at the Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
The crane operators and ground crew carefully lower the massive bottom stage of a wind turbine. Mongolia
The crane operators and ground crew carefully lower the massive bottom stage of a wind turbine. Mongolia
Riggers climb up each section of the tower to guide and then attach each section of the wind turbine assembly. Mongolia
A Mongolian engineer at the Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
The remote site has a fully functioning dining hall staffed by an international crew. Each meal has both Western and Mongolian dishes
The remote site has a fully functioning dining hall staffed by an international crew. Each meal has both Western and Mongolian dishes
The kitchen at Salkhit prepares dinner for the crew. Mongolia
After working hours, two mongolian engineers meet in their ger to discuss the next days work. Mongolia
In order to maintain their strength and kill some time some of the western workers meet in their get-style gym. Mongolia
A ger camp at Salkhit
The ger camp at the Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
A worker on his way to the morning meeting where the days projects as well a general progress report will occur. Mongolia
A somewhat intense morning meeting with all the senior engineers discuss the challenges of the past few days and plans for addressing them.
Senior engineers listen to the their project leader on how to improve the efficiency and productivity of the construction. Mongolia
The entire work force meets after the senior meeting ends. The project has been running into a variety of different problems and had been behind schedule. This was a sort of pep rally. Mongolia
The entire work force meets after the senior meeting ends. The project has been running into a variety of different problems and had been behind schedule. This was a sort of pep rally. Mongolia
The entire work force meets after the senior meeting ends. The project has been running into a variety of different problems and had been behind schedule. This was a sort of pep rally. Mongolia
At the meeting's conclusion a group of engineers discuss specifics for their respective projects. Mongolia
A small army of workers are hand laying heavy electrical cable that will carry power to the grid. Salkhit Wind Farm, Mongolia
A rigger at Tower Two at Salkhit Wind Farm. Mongolia
A crane guides the turbine blades onto the the main hub.
A crane guides the turbine blades onto the the main hub.
A crane guides the turbine blades onto the the main hub.
A jet headed over the Salkhit wind farm
One of the assembled towers majestically rises over the Mongolia steppe.

Salkhit Wind Farm: Mongolia

 

Located 40 miles south east of Mongolia’s capitol, Ulan Bator, sits the almost completed Salkhit Wind Farm. Mongolia is blessed with both a huge amount of coal as well as wind energy. Its rapidly growing economy and quickly urbanizing population desperately needs more energy but so far only the most polluting forms of energy production have been available. UB is considered the second most polluted city in the world and the resulting adverse health effects are already being seen. Fortunately, Mongolia’s wind resources are incredibly abundant and even Salkhit will have a significant positive impact on the UB’s pollution problem. It’s projected that this wind farm alone will cut CO2 emissions by 200,000 tons, save 2 million tons of fresh water and reduce coal usage by 160,000 tons annually. My assignment from FMO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was to photograph the early stages of the Salkhit project. My photography documents the Mongolian and foreign team of workers and professionals who were attempting to complete the construction before the harsh Mongolian winter sets in. Even in my short stay of two days I felt the gargantuan task that these men and women faced. They were under pressure and the challenges though not unsurmountable were compounded by remoteness of the site as well as the need for an international team to learn how to work together. Just as I was leaving the site I was able to see the giant blades of the second turbine hoisted in air. Still a long way to go but progress none the less. The farm will be completed by July 2013.