Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mongolia coal project still open to foreigners
Foreign mining companies are likely to remain involved in developing Mongolia’s huge Tavan Tolgoi coal project, in spite of government statements indicating that Ulan Bator would prefer to keep 100 per cent equity ownership. A spokesman for Sükhbaataryn Batbold, the Mongolian prime minister, on Tuesday denied reports that a plan to auction 49 per cent of Tavan Tolgoi to foreign investors had been cancelled. “Plans to privatise Tavan Tolgoi have not been cancelled. We will announce a tender and we will choose which investors are suitable for us. The time of the tender has not been decided yet,” the spokesman said. By Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai and William MacNamara in London.Published: February 9 2010

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