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Concept study for Aspire Mining’s coal blending facility

World Coal,

Tenova Takraf has completed a concept study for Aspire Mining’s coal blending facility in Mongolia. The study was commissioned by Aspire to investigate whether it was viable to establish a coal blending facility at the Sainshand Industrial Park, adjacent to the Trans-Mongolian railway in southern Mongolia.

The study was based on a 10 million tpa coal blending operation, spread over 70 ha. of land, and could be upgraded to larger volumes of coal, if necessary. The business plan is to look to combine Ovoot metallurgical coal with other non or low metallurgical coals from the South Gobi region, in order to upgrade Mongolian coal brands.

Ovoot coal would be delivered by rail from northern Mongolia, while coals from the south would be delivered by rail on a line currently under construction. Blended coal would then be railed south to customers in China and to Chinese ports for export.

The blending facility would incorporate a specially designed rail yard that would employ stackers and declaimers to load and unload coal from trains. Coal stockpiles could be reclaimed in a sequence to match the blend recipe before being loaded onto trains to be exported to customers.

The blending facility could cost around US$ 70 million, according to the concept study, and would take around 2 years to build. 

Written by Sam Dodson

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