SouthGobi Resources to construct a paved highway in Southern Mongolia to accelerate delivery of coal from Ovoot Tolgoi Coal Mine to Chinese buyers
ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA – Alexander Molyneux, President and CEO of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSX: SGQ, HK: 1878), announced today that the company has awarded a US$48 million contract to build a paved highway dedicated to the delivery of export shipments from SouthGobi’s Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine to the Mongolia-China border crossing at Shivee Khuren-Ceke.
The contract was awarded to Leighton Asia, a division of Australia-based contracting giant Leighton Group, in a joint venture with Monnis International, a leading Mongolian resource, construction and transportation conglomerate.
Work will include the design and construction of the 45-kilometre highway linking the Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine with Ceke, a major coal terminal on the China side of the border with rail connections to key coal markets in China.
The new coal-hauling highway will be 17 metres wide and will consist of four fully-paved lanes, with a one-metre central median in order to provide capacity well in excess of 20 million tonnes of coal per year. It will be constructed with a concession granted by the Mongolian Government as per the country’s recently passed Concession Law. Upon completion, the road will accommodate heavy axle loads of fully loaded coal trucks and set new standards for haul road infrastructure in Mongolia.
“We are very pleased to work with Leighton Asia and Monnis International on this significant infrastructure project in southern Mongolia,” said Mr. Molyneux. “The new coal highway will improve safety for coal transporters, will greatly reduce the environmental impacts of the unpaved road – and will facilitate further aggressive growth of our mining business.”
The new highway is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.
About Leighton Asia
Leighton Asia is part of the Leighton Group, Australia’s largest project development and contracting group with annual revenues exceeding US$16.5 billion.
About Monnis International
Monnis International is a Mongolian company established in 1998 with interests in the fields of geology, mining, energy, construction, international freight forwarding, foreign trade, automotive service, communication, banking and air industry, with over 700 employees and eight subsidiaries.
About SouthGobi Resources
SouthGobi Resources is focused on exploration and development of its Permian-age metallurgical and thermal coal deposits in Mongolia’s South Gobi Region. The company’s flagship coal mine, Ovoot Tolgoi, is producing and selling coal to customers in China. The company plans to supply a wide range of coal products to markets in Asia.
Information contacts, SouthGobi Resources
Layton Croft, Vice President External Affairs and Corporate Citizenship (Hong Kong) +852 2156 7023
Steven Feldman, Investor Relations Manager (Vancouver) +1 604 331 9813