Rio Tinto, the world's second largest listed mining company, is exploring a public listing of its Iron Ore Company of Canada business.
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The listing also makes Erdene the only precious metals exploration and development company currently registered on the exchange.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based miner also said it had launched an offering of common shares to Mongolian residents, as well as a concurrent non-brokered private placement, which in combination are expected to raise up to $4.4 million.
Chief executive Jean Sebastien-Jacques said the challenge for the industry is to ensure the benefits from the past frugal years are not lost against a backdrop of rising oil prices and increased political risk.
Indicated and inferred gold equivalent resources increased by whooping 208% and 172% respectively, when compared to the project’s maiden mineral resource estimate of 2015.
A Mongolian former finance minister, Bayartsogt Sangajav, has been arrested as part of an investigation into suspected abuse of power during investment talks for the giant Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in 2009.
Request relates to an investigation about possible abuse of power by authorized officials during negotiation of the 2009 Oyu Tolgoi investment agreement.
Move would add further costs to an ongoing $5.3 billion underground expansion of the massive mine.
Dutch non-profit organization claims Rio and its Canadian subsidiary Turquoise Hill used a complex network of tax haven subsidiaries and lending money to itself at high interest rates.
The new unit, under Mongolian leadership, will focus on exploration and local ties.
Measure was taken as Chinese coal haulers continue to disrupt deliveries near the border with Mongolia, the mine's majority owner Turquoise Hill said.
Rio Tinto-controlled Turquoise Hill said the bill relates to an audit on taxes imposed and paid by the mine operator between 2013 and 2015.
Rio Tinto-controlled Turquoise Hill is also predicting costs to fall about 2.8%.
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.
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.
Chief executive Jean-Sebastian Jacques comments come as the company had to suspend shipments from the Mongolian mine last week.
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.