• Operations at Nalaikh, the very first mine in Mongolia, were abandoned quite some time ago but artisanal miners now extract coal from there to sell to ger district households. There are considerable security risks in this and it is imperative to effectively close the mine. A team from The University of British Columbia studied how this can be done and two of its members, Jargalsaikhan Mendee(JM) and Julian Dierkes (JD), tell N. Ariuntuya about their ideas. Dierkes is Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, at the university and Mendee, Director, Mongolian Institute for Innovative Policies, is doing his Ph.D there.
  • Australia is a microcosm of the global mining experience. MMJ finds out from Robin Evans, Program Leader, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) Transformational Learning at The University of Queensland how it is addressing environmental concerns, adopting less harmful energy options, preparing to face the challenges of climate change,adjusting to automation and other issues.  
  • The progress of the project to construct a grass root oil refinery plant with crude oil supply pipeline is moving forward. Since the commencement of the infrastructure project in June, 2018, a great progress has been made on the construction of road, railway, power transmission lines, and substations under short period of time. 
  • E.Odjargal talks to I.V.Milostnykh, First Deputy Director, Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBTZ), about the status of its upgrading work and other issues. 
  • Erdene Resource Development describes itself as “a company that is focused on creating value for all stakeholders, doing things ‘The Erdene Way’ ”. A core element of this “Erdene way” is its commitment to make positive contributions to local economic development.
  • D.Chandmani, Head of the Altai Uvur Gobi River Basin Authority, tells G.Iderkhangai that lack of enough water in the southern Gobi is an issue of concern for not just the mines there. There are options to stop the situation getting critical but not much can be done without government support, which is lacking. 
  • Following the laying of its foundation stone on 22 June, hopes are high that Mongolia will finally have the long-talked-about oil refinery. The investment of $1 billion is assured, and work should soon begin on the planned two-stage construction. G.Ider asks B.Ankhbayar, Head of the Division of Non-metallic Mineral Production at the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry, how things are at the moment.
  • On 7 June, the court trying the case between Save Noyon Mountain NGO and the Cadastral Section of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM) finally gave its ruling in favour of the NGO, after no fewer than 36 suspensions of hearing over some two years.
  • E.Odjargal finds out from B.Bayarsaikhan, head of the National Development Agency, how projects are selected for inclusion in the national investment programme and the strategic goals of the “Three pillar development policy”.
  • Hasu Megawatt LLC is one of the Mongolian companies that are growing together with the Oyu Tolgoi project, bringing in international expertise, cutting edge technology and sophisticated know-how, and thus preparing a new generation of high-skill local professionals for the mineral sector. The company’s major contribution to the industrial development of Mongolia is in producing complex equipment  and in coming up with engineering solutions to substitute expensive imports. E.Gankhulug, General Manager of the company, tells MMJ more about its operations and projects.
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