Tavan Tolgi Investors Ready to Provide $1.5 Billion, Minister Says
Government officials have announced that investors are ready to help construct massive infrastructure projects to support the latest enormous natural resource project
The Mongolian Minister for Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development has told reporters that backers are poised to invest $1.5 billion in infrastructure for the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine project.
Mongolia is home to the Oyu Tolgoi project, a deposit of copper so large that it is projected to become the third largest producer in the world and boost the national economy by a third. However, even this project has been eclipsed by the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine, which has shown an estimated six billion tons of high grade coking coal. The remote location of the prospective coal mine will require over 1,000 kilometers of road to be built to connect it to Choibalsan City via Sainshand, and then on to international destinations. Coal will be shipped via the Trans-Siberian railway to eastern facing sea ports, providing Mongolia with access to Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese markets.
The exact cost of the infrastructure upgrades necessary is still in estimate, and will not be finalized until the completion of a Feasibility Study, expected in early July.
Choibalsan City is already connected to the Russian rail network, and additional road and rail construction programs have been proposed to further open the Russian market. Investors from the neighboring Chinese market have also proven keen to develop enhanced transportation links, especially as the high grade coking coal is vital to their steel industry, the largest in the world.
Talking at a conference last month, Deputy Prime Minister, Altanhuyag Norov, told reporters that “Mongolia lags behind in many areas…but the government is striving to offer a favorable investment environment. We are reducing bureaucracy, building up mining-related infrastructure and striving to ensure transparency and international standards.”
Move One has been active in the Central Asian theater for over a decade, taking a lead role in numerous projects and providing logistics support to a wide-range of customers. Noah Glassco, Move One’s Country Manager for Mongolia, commented on the announcement, saying “It is great to hear that the pace of investment in Mongolia’s infrastructure is accelerating. As a leading logistics company in the area, Move One is accustomed to operating in highly remote and extremely rugged conditions, and looks forward to helping international companies gain access to Mongolia’s unique opportunities.”
With an office in Ulaanbaatar and another to open shortly in Oyu Tolgoi, Move One is actively involved in the country’s industrial development, using all resources at its disposal to assist with freight forwarding and logistics services.
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