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24 January 2012

Mongolian expansion

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
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Mongolia is planning ahead for a huge investment in road development.

The country’s network at present is in a poor condition, with few surfaced roads.

Potholes are a serious problem on those roads that are surfaced, while the many dirt tracks can be difficult to drive or even impassible in poor weather conditions.
With Mongolia’s extensive mineral reserves prompting a major development of its mining industry, there is a growing need for better roads to support the mining industry while there is also a strong financial background for this infrastructure investment. With most mineral deposits long distances from the capital Ulaanbaatar, the need for new roads, railways and updated air-links is acute.
The opportunities for all manufacturers of equipment are huge, while there is a huge potential for engineering consultants and contractors. Mongolia’s Government has yet to announce its latest batch of projects, but interest in the country is growing given its huge potential.
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