While the company had other projects in the country, the Bayan Khundii gold project went from greenfield prospect to being its main asset in roughly nine months.
Mongolian Government Mining News
Bayan Khundii project went from greenfield prospect to being Erdene’s flagship asset in roughly nine months.
Move follows extensive talks with Chinese and Mongolian authorities.
Russian-Canadian Vera Kirikova will become human resources group executive while Simone Niven will assume the corporate relations group executive post.
Chief executive Jean-Sebastian Jacques comments come as the company had to suspend shipments from the Mongolian mine last week.
Canada’s Erdene Resource is one of the very few miners to have never encountered issues in the East Asian nation.
Andrew Harding, once tipped as the most likely person to take the company’s reins, is being replaced by Chris Salisbury, currently leading the copper and coal division.
The company's Bayan Khundii project went from greenfield prospect to the company’s flagship asset in roughly nine months.
The mining giant is said to have hired Goldman Sachs as an adviser to look at a two-step wrap-up of the Vancouver-based firm.
Construction of the massive mine's underground portion will begin within months, with first production expected by 2020.
During the PFI Awards Dinner held in London on Feb. 3.
The $4.4 billion deal involved international financial institutions and export credit agencies representing the governments of the U.S., Canada and Australia, along with 15 commercial banks.
The agreement, which is said to involve up to 15 banks, could be signed as early as Wednesday.
The company said it would announce a final decision on the matter early next year.
The company, which owns a gold project in Mongolia, is optimistic about the country's stance towards foreign mining investment over the coming years.
Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg said Friday his country should take charge of how long a dispute a expansion of the copper and gold mine has taken.
Documents obtained and verified by The Australian, show that Rio Tinto offered Mongolia to forsake a “net smelter return” of 2% cent of the project’s revenue.
Mine operator and Rio's subsidiary Turquoise Hill said Monday they have made an offer to the government of Mongolia to resolve matters in a manner deemed "beneficial to all stakeholders.”
What happens next is critical say mining companies currently operating in the country.
According to The Times, Rio flagged the possibility of a writedown in August.
One of the two tailings thickeners experienced rake failure last Friday.
The move aims to shift blame for delays away from the government.
The long-dragged dispute between Rio and the Mongolian government over a $6.6 billion underground expansion of Oyu Tolgoi has hit a fresh impasse.
Amid the miner's efforts to reduce costs at its gigantic copper and gold operation in Mongolia.
Production of the steel-making material, however, increased by 16%, which means the miner is on track to meet its full-year target.