The Business Council of Mongolia just reported that a company called “GDF Suez” has signed a memorandum of understanding with Newcom on developing renewable energy resources in Mongolia, at the occasion of the French Foreign Minister visiting Mongolia.
I know Newcom as the leading Mongolian renewable energy company. They are operating the Salkhit wind farm.
I had not heard of GDF Suez, though.
From their Wikipedia article I understand that this company has its roots in the 19th Century project of building the Suez Canal. The “GDF” part comes from “Gaz de France”, a company that joined in a merger in 2006.
Of course, the Suez Canal was a large scale project with a significant global impact.
I think that a large scale renewable energy project in the Mongolian Gobi desert may have at least the same kind of impact as the Suez Canal had at the time.
Bonus link: My book “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert” (Free PDF file).