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Shallowing of Lake Baikal becomes an international problem

A new spread received the topic shallowing of Lake Baikal, which previously led to conflicts between the Irkutsk region and Buryatia. In January, the government of Buryatia accused the Angarsk hydroelectric power stations Irkutskenergo of shallowing, but they said that the volume of water passing through the dams is determined not by the power industry, but by Rosvodresursy (structure of the Ministry of Natural Resources). The involvement of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation in the search for the reasons for the shallowing of the lake made it possible to identify a new reason for the current situation, which was discovered abroad. Mongolia and World Bank step up work on frozen project construction of Shuren HPP located on the Selenga River, which accounts for up to half the inflow of water into Lake Baikal. As a result, the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Sergei Donskoy instructed to prepare an appeal to the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a request to clarify the situation surrounding the construction of a hydroelectric power station. It is not excluded, however, that the shallowing of the lake was due to climatic conditions: dry summer and autumn (the water level in the lake is 456,08 m at an allowable minimum of 456 m). At the same time, it is noted that the water level will reach a critical level in early February, and the filling of the lake will begin with a flood in late April. Anyway, The construction of the Mongolian hydroelectric power station now causes discontent of the Russian side (The decision to build a hydropower plant with a capacity of about 300 MW was made back in November of 2011). As an alternative, the Russian side proposed to supply from its power plants, including for possible transit to China. 

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