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Agreement established on supplying power for Oyu Tolgoi’s mining operations www.montsame.mn

On January 26, the agreement on supplying power for Oyu Tolgoi’s mining operations from the country’s central power grid was established between the ‘National Power Transmission Grid’, ‘Southern Region Electricity Distribution Network’ state-owned joint stock company, ‘National Dispatching Center’, and ‘Oyu Tolgoi’ LLC.
At the signing ceremony, Minister of Energy N.Tavinbekh highlighted that the decision to supply power for the Oyu Tolgoi mine is an important event for the country’s economy as well as the energy sector. He then continued on to say, “The establishment of the agreement today serves as a “guarantee” for Mongolia’s economy and income for the energy sector. Once the agreement comes into effect, it becomes possible to keep the funds amounting to a minimum of USD 120 million - the annual fee for importing electricity, in the country. This would also result in a decrease of outflow for foreign exchange reserves. Furthermore, the agreement would serve as a crucial document for sourcing the corresponding necessary financing for the Tavantolgoi TPP project and carrying out works to renew the equipment being used for the energy sector.”
Following the signing of the agreement, CEO of ‘Oyu Tolgoi’ LLC Armando Torres underlined that electricity is crucial for the mine, and said, “A very reliable electricity source is needed in order to ensure the safety and carry out continuous operations at the Oyu Tolgoi mine. The Ministry of Energy has informed us that our electricity demand will be supplied from several sources. I am confident that the agreement served as a mutually beneficial solution for both sides. This is one of the results of the efficient way of cooperation between the Government of Mongolia and ‘Oyu Tolgoi’ company based on mutual understanding.”
Currently, the Government of Mongolia is carrying out works in phases to put certain strategically-important mining deposits in the Southern Gobi region into economic circulation, such as those in Nariinsukhait, Ovoot Tolgoi, Tavan Tolgoi, Oyu Tolgoi, Tsagaansuvarga, and Shivee-Ovoo. In aims of supplying electricity for the aforementioned deposits in its framework, the construction of a 670 km-long aerial power transmission line and three 220 kW substations were completed in 2021.
Works are also being carried out by the government to establish the 450-MW Tavantolgoi TPP, which will replace the electricity being imported from the power grid of Inner Mongolia, PRC.
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Copper concentration export through Zamiin-Uud resumes www.montsame.mn

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported that the export of copper concentration through Zamiin-Uud border checkpoint is resuming today.
Specifically, the Infection Prevention and Control Staff of Erlian city of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region yesterday put out a statement on resuming the export of coal, iron ore, and copper concentration through Zamiin-Uud border checkpoint starting from today, January 27 in phases.
In accordance with the statement, 57 wagons of Erdenet copper concentrate, as well as 64 wagons of iron ore were delivered to Erlian last night. Moreover, the Chinese side has officially announced that the opportunity has also been opened up for the import of containerized coal by road through the port. Thus, the export of copper concentrate, which had been suspended indefinitely due to the pandemic, resumed.
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Renewed Fulbright Program Agreement Opens Opportunity to More Mongolians www.mn.usembassy.gov

On January 27, the United States and Mongolia reaffirmed their shared commitment to providing high quality educational opportunities for Mongolian students and to building lasting linkages between U.S. and Mongolian institutions by signing the renewed Bi-national Fulbright Foreign Student Program agreement. Notably, this renewed agreement formally terminates a collateral requirement previously imposed on the program participants, thus opening the scholarship to all eligible Mongolian students, regardless of economic status.
The signing ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Michael Klecheski and Minister of Education and Science of Mongolia Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren.
“Today’s ceremony is a perfect way to mark this particular day,” said Ambassador Klecheski, “because cooperation in education has been a core element of these 35 years of diplomatic ties.”
The Fulbright program opened in Mongolia 28 years ago. The first Mongolian Fulbright Visiting Scholar traveled to the United States in 1994, and the first Mongolian Fulbright Foreign Student in 1995. Since then, the United States has supported nearly 400 Fulbright exchanges between our two countries.
In 2009, the United States and Mongolia initiated discussions to establish a bi-national Fulbright Foreign Student Program and signed the agreement on December 15, 2010. Since then, the program has enabled more than 100 Mongolians to pursue graduate studies in the United States in a wide range of fields, including education, environmental science, public health, geology, engineering, and more.
“Indeed, I’d like to emphasize that these 100 young people are making valuable contributions to Mongolian society and the economy, becoming leaders of their sectors,” said Minister Enkh-Amgalan.
As part of our commitment to education and exchange, the United States offers around 120 scholarships and exchanges every year in Mongolia – an investment of over $2 million annually in our shared future.
The Fulbright Program creates connections in a complex and changing world. Led by the United States government in partnership with 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright offers unparalleled international educational and cultural exchange experiences. Our diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni, and global partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.
The United States and Mongolia remain committed to strengthening the bonds between the peoples of our two great nations to promote peace and prosperity for all.
Students interested in applying for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program can find more information at https://mn.usembassy.gov/2023-fulbright-student.
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China coking coal imports down 25 per cent due to Australia, Mongolia ‘gap’ caused by unofficial ban, border closure www.scmp.com

China’s imports of coking coal plummeted in 2021, as the country strived to diversify its sources amid an unofficial ban on Australian coal and coronavirus pandemic-hit Mongolian imports, analysts said.
China imported 54.7 million tonnes of coking coal – an essential ingredient in the production of steel – last year, down by 24.6 per cent from 2020, according to official data.
“Even though demand for non-Australian seaborne coal imports was strong, it still could not make up for the gap left by Australian and Mongolian coal [imports],” said Jia Na, a coal analyst with the Shanxi-based Today Think Tank, on Monday.
Among the coking coal imports, 11.3 per cent or 6.17 million tonnes, was imported from Australia since October, when China started to allow Australian coal that had been stranded at its ports in the wake of Beijing’s import ban which started in October 2020.
Some 5.54 million tonnes of Australian thermal coal, which is used for power generation, was also imported in the final three months of last year when the country was faced with a power crunch due to a severe coal supply shortage.
Most of the Australian coal that was being held at Chinese ports has now been cleared, Jia added.
There is, though, no sign of a wholesale lifting of the unofficial coal ban that will allow new shipments from Australia, analysts said.
China imposed unofficial bans on the imports of a variety of Australian products – including coal, lobsters and log timers – in late 2020, after Canberra supported calls for an international investigation into China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
If anything, similar to the current market situation, the trade dispute impact will be more greatly felt by Australian metallurgical coal producers and Chinese steel mills, rather than thermal coal producers and Chinese power utilities
China and Australia will continue to seek alternative trade partners in 2022, according to S&P Global Platts last month.
“If anything, similar to the current market situation, the trade dispute impact will be more greatly felt by Australian metallurgical coal producers and Chinese steel mills, rather than thermal coal producers and Chinese power utilities,” the note said.
With rising demand from other Asian markets and the European Union for Australian coking coal, the supply chains disrupted by China’s informal import restrictions have largely been reorganised, according to “The Resources and Energy Quarterly” report produced by the Australian government in December.
China had previously relied heavily on Australia and Mongolia for coking coal, with combined imports accounting for 86.7 per cent of total imports in 2019, according to Wu Wenxin, a coal analyst with sxcoal.com.
Mongolia was China’s biggest source for coking coal last year, but the supply was heavily impacted by virus-induced border closures and restriction at major land ports, analysts said.
In 2021, China imported 14.04 million tonnes of coking coal from Mongolia, down by 40.93 per cent compared with a year earlier.
Steel mills have as a result turned to other sources for coking coal, with imports from Russia up by nearly 60 per cent to 10.67 million tonnes in 2021.
Indonesia imposes ban on coal exports out of fear of power outages
Shipments from the United States also surged almost tenfold to 10.18 million tonnes, while imports from Canada also almost doubled to 9.27 million tonnes, according to Chinese customs data.
It is expected that China’s appetite for imported coking coal may partially recover this year, but is still not expected to reach the pre-pandemic level, according December’s “The Resources and Energy Quarterly”, which forecasts for the value, volume and price of Australia’s major resources and energy commodity exports.
“Steel output in China may also slow in line with industrial production and [gross domestic product] growth, which are both softening,” the report said.
BY: Ji Siqi joined the Post in 2020 and covers China economy. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School and the University of Hong Kong.
 
 
 
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Jakob Stausholm: We want to demonstrate to the world that investing in Mongolia is proper solution www.montsame.mn

A delegation led by CEO of Rio Tinto Jakob Stausholm paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the State Great Khural G.Zandanshatar on January 26.
At the outset of the meeting, Mr.Jakob Stausholm thanked the Speaker for taking the time to meet the delegation, while emphasizing significant role of the Speaker to continue the Oyu Tolgoi project successfully.
“Although it was difficult for Rio Tinto to make the decisions, we are pleased that we have reached a common understanding and solutions to successfully continue the Oyu Tolgoi project and strengthen partnership. It is also gratifying to see how the democratic process is running in Mongolia,” noted Mr. Jakob Stausholm.
Congratulating for the commencement of Oyu Tolgoi underground mining operations, Speaker G.Zandanshatar noted that Mongolia shares the same values, such as respect for democracy, human rights, freedom, justice and the rule of law with its third neighbors.
“The state highest legislative body of Mongolia has been ensuring citizen’s participation and its interest. Therefore, we aimed to provide accurate information to the public by establishing Temporary Committee on Oyu Tolgoi and organized public discussions. We have achieved democratic values by working together with investors in a transparent and open manner.”
“Giving opportunity to commence the Oyu Tolgoi’s underground mining operations is a huge responsibility. We want to show to the world that making investment in Mongolia was the proper solution,” said Mr. Jakob Stausholm.
In turn, G.Zandanshatar expressed gratitude to the authorities of Rio Tinto for upholding the far-sighted and mutually beneficial principle, while noting the importance of far-sighted policy in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The parties also exchanged views on some issues such as the implementation of the resolution No:103 approved by the Parliament of Mongolia, taxes and personnel.
Present at the meeting were Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Secretariat of the State Great Khural Ts.Jambaldorj, member of the Board of Directors of Oyu Tolgoi LLC B.Bold and other officials.
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N China land port facilitates fruit, vegetable exports to Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

HOHHOT, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Fruit and vegetable exports to Mongolia via the Erenhot Customs in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region topped 85,000 tonnes, worth 110 million yuan (about 17.4 million U.S. dollars), in 2021, official data shows.
Erenhot, the largest land port on the China-Mongolia border, supplies about 80 percent of Mongolia's fruit and vegetables.
In 2018, a green channel for agricultural products was launched, which has since been putting more than 30 kinds of fruit and vegetables, including apples, oranges, lemons, onions, peppers and cucumbers, on the tables of Mongolian people.
Ma Tao with the port's customs said the two sides cooperated last year to overcome the impact of the pandemic and streamlined the clearance process, which has been effective in meeting the Mongolian people's need for fresh agricultural products.
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Strong U.S. team to face Mongolia in women's freestyle at Bout at the Ballpark on Feb 12, with one Greco-Roman match also added www.teamusa.org

USA Wrestling has announced that in addition to the USA vs. Iran men’s freestyle competition that is included in the Bout at the Ballpark on February 12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, there will be a major women’s international freestyle dual meet and a featured international Greco-Roman bout.
This unique event will also feature an NCAA Div. I dual meet between the two most successful programs in history, Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa.
Two of the world’s best women’s freestyle nations will battle when Team USA faces Mongolia, in a six-match dual meet at the Olympic weight classes.
The United States will be led by 2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis at 57 kg. Maroulis became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic title in wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics, then became the first U.S. women to win two Olympic medals with her 2020 Olympic bronze at the Tokyo Games. Maroulis won World titles in 2015, 2017 and 2021. She also boasts a 2012 World silver medal and a 2014 World bronze medal.
She will be joined on the team by 2019 World champion Jacarra Winchester, who will compete at 53 kg, the weight class where she also earned a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team.
2021 World silver medalist and 2020 Olympian Kayla Miracle will wrestle for Team USA at 62 kg. Two-time Senior World team member and two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony is slated to wrestle at 50 kg.
Rounding out the U.S. women’s team are 2021 Junior World champion Kennedy Blades at 68 kg and two-time Senior World Team member Victoria Francis at 76 kg.
Mongolia will bring a talented team, with a mix of proven veterans and emerging young stars. Two of the Mongolian athletes competed at the 2020 Olympic Games, Namuuntsetseg Tsogt-ochir, who was fifth at 50 kg and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu, who was 10th at 57 kg. Both Tsogt-ochir and Bolortuya Khurelkhuu have been placewinners at past Senior World Championships.
Narangerel Erdenesukh, who has competed on five Mongolian Senior World Teams and was a 2010 Junior World bronze medalist, will wrestle at 62 kg. Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan, the 68 kg entry, was a 2018 Junior World silver medalist and 2021 U23 World bronze medalist. Rounding out the Mongolian team are rising young talents Khulan Batkhuvag at 53 kg and Ariunjargal Ganbat at 76 kg.
Additionally, there will be a special Greco-Roman showdown at 97 kg, where 2021 World bronze medalist and 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock will face a top Greco-Roman star from Iran.
The final lineup for the Iranian men’s team will be announced shortly.
The Oklahoma State-Iowa collegiate meet, plus the United States-Iran men’s freestyle and United States-Mongolia women’s freestyle will take place simultaneously on two different mats beginning at 6:30 p.m. on February 12. This will mark the first time a senior-level international meet and an NCAA meet will operate in this format.
Bout at the Ballpark will be the first event at Globe Life Field, the Home of the Texas Rangers, to feature an international competition. The two wrestling mats will be located between the areas of pitcher’s mound and second base and will be placed on raised stages to improve sightlines from the seating bowl. Floor seating will be added with the Globe Life Field capacity expected to be at least 27,000 for the matches.
Tickets for Bout at the Ballpark start as $15 and are available at texasrangers.com/wrestling.
The event will be broadcast live by FloWrestling.
U.S. women’s freestyle team
50 kg – Victoria Anthony (National City, Calif./Sunkist Kids)
53 kg – Jacarra Winchester (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
57 kg – Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids)
62 kg – Kayla Miracle (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids)
68 kg – Kennedy Blades (Broadview, Ill./Wyoming Seminary/Sunkist Kids)
76 kg – Victoria Francis (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
Mongolia women’s freestyle team
50 kg – Namuuntsetseg Tsogt-ochir
53 kg – Khulan Batkhuyag
57 kg – Bolortuya Khurelkhuu
62 kg – Narangerel Erdenesukh
68 kg – Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan
76 kg – Ariunjargal Ganbat
U.S. Greco-Roman entry
97 kg – G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids)
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COVID-19: 2,273 cases, two deaths reported www.montsame.mn

The Ministry of Health reported today, January 27 that 2,273 СOVID-19 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. In detail, 1,183 cases were reported in Ulaanbaatar city, with 1,090 cases in 21 provinces.
It was also reported that two COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 2,029. Currently, there are 11,255 people are receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19 whilst 59,737 people with mild symptoms are being treated at home.
As of today, the coverage of 1st dose has reached 69.8 percent (2,269,389), 2nd dose – 66.7 percent (2,170,005) and 3rd dose or a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines – 31.0 percent (1002,623) of the total population. In addition, 76,135 people (2.0 percent) have received 4th vaccine dose.
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Rio Tinto CEO concerned about Serbian PM’s comments on lithium project www.reuters.com

Rio Tinto’s chief executive said on Tuesday he was concerned about the Serbian prime minister’s comments against the company’s lithium project, in his first remarks after Belgrade revoked the global mining company’s exploration licences.
Bowing to environmentalists, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic pulled the plug on Rio’s lithium project last week and accused Rio of providing insufficient information to communities about the project.
“We obviously are very concerned about the comments made by the prime minister,” Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm told Reuters in an interview.
Stausholm was speaking after the company reached an agreement with Mongolia to end a long-running dispute over the $6.925 billion expansion project for the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining project.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done there (in Serbia). We have always followed the laws and regulation in Serbia as we focused on that amazing project,” he said.
“Right now we are just trying to take care of our people in the country,” he said, adding he had nothing further to say about Serbia.
Rio is reviewing the legal basis for the decision and could sue Serbia as it tries to salvage the $2.4 billion project.
The company committed to the Serbian project last year, as global miners pushed for the metals needed for the green energy transition, including lithium, which is used to make electric vehicle batteries.
The mine was slated to produce enough lithium to power 1 million electric vehicles, in addition to boric acid, used in ceramics and batteries, and sodium sulphate, used in detergents.
At full capacity, the mine was expected to produce 58,000 tonnes of refined battery-grade lithium carbonate per year, making it Europe’s biggest lithium mine by output.
(By Ernest Scheyder and Praveen Menon; Editing by Chris Reese)
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Mongolia adds 3,080 new COVID-19 cases www.xinhuanet.com

Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia recorded 3,080 new local infections of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the national tally to 434,735, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.
Among the latest confirmed cases, 1,815 were detected in the national capital Ulan Bator, which is home to over half of the country's population of 3.4 million.
Meanwhile, two more COVID-19 patients died in the past day, bringing the pandemic death toll to 2,027, the ministry said.
Currently, there are a total of 69,375 active COVID-19 cases across the country.
Omicron cases currently account for over 90 percent of the daily total in the country, according to the National Center for Communicable Diseases.
So far, 66.7 percent of the country's total population have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, while 1,000,344 people have received a third dose.
More than 73,400 Mongolians have received a fourth dose, which the country started to administer on Jan. 7 on a voluntary basis.
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