Mongolia: The Fastest Growing Economy in the World – 25-30% per Year
Posted July 18, 2011on:
With about 6.5 billion tonnes of untapped reserves, Mongolia’s soils contain almost 70% of all known types of minerals. Its soils contain copper, gold, iron ore, coal, zinc, nickel, silver and tin.
Oyu Tolgoi in the Gobi desert has the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposit. It aims to produce 450,000 tonnes of copper and 300,000 ounces of gold each year.
Now a huge section of the field has been sold off to international mining companies, for a $7bn up-front investment.
Tavan Tolgoi has been in operation since 1967. In 2011, in order to maximize the mine’s production, the Mongolian government put the mine up for international companies and consortiums. Six companies were shortlisted and the winners would be likely announced in June or July 2011. The bidders are Kores, Peabody Energy, Vale S.A., Xstrata and ArcelorMittal among others. In early July three companies were preliminary selected that are Peabody Energy, Chinese and Russian consortiums. The selection next has to be approved by the State Great Khural.
The coal reserves in Tavan Tolgoi are estimated to contain five billion tons. Coal is exported by rail.
“Gobi desert has the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposit”
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