Mongolian railway plan to open up coal deposit
Friday, June 25, 2021 10:12 AM

ULAN BATOR, Jun. 25, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Mongolian Parliament approved a government plan to build a railway in the South Gobi region to support development of coal deposits, local media reported Friday.

The coking coal deposits are located at Tavan Tolgoi and said to be the largest untapped coal field in the world. The coal would be exported to East Asia, South Korea and Japan.

According to the plan, which was approved Thursday, the 5,683.5 km long railway will be built in three stages. In the first stage, 1,100 km of track from Tavan Tolgoi to Russia through the cities of Sainshand and Choibalsan will be built over two years.

"The policy will greatly boost the economic development of Mongolia. Instead of shipping raw materials directly to one market, jobs and value-added production will be created in Mongolia," said Battulga Khaltmaa, Minister of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development.