SouthGobi, owner of the Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine in Mongolia, said it began returning operations at the mine to normal after a successful six-week trial period of the Ceke Power of Entry, where its tonnage is exported.
On 15 July, and in its first update since 25 May, the miner said its major operations, including coal mining, resumed and will gradually increase volumes.
“Since May 25, 2022, the number of trucks permitted to cross the Chinese-Mongolian border, as well as the coal exports, have been increasing,” officials said.
SouthGobi noted that coal processing will remain suspended “for the time being” with management revisiting resumption of that element at a later time.
The port had been idle since November 2021. In May, the company said its existing coal inventories were sufficient to satisfy expected sales demand for at least four months following the resumption of coal exports to China.
Ovoot Tolgoi, located 40 km from the Shivee Khuren-Ceke crossing at the Mongolia-China border known as the Shivee Khuren Border Crossing, has two distinct pits: Sunrise and Sunset. Mining first commenced there in April 2008.