Work to dig wells and repair watering points conducted in three soums
Local authorities and herder cooperatives in Khanbogd, Manlai, and Bayan-Ovoo are working with Oyu Tolgoi to dig, repair, and upgrade wells in underutilised pasture areas. This programme is in its fourth year, and improvements to the local water supply have opened up new opportunities for herders to graze their animals. For example, 27 hand-dug and 12 deep wells were repaired and restored in 2013.
Sh.Baigalmaa, Oyu Tolgoi LLC's General Manager for Social Performance said, "Increasing the number of watering points and improving pasture water supply is a vital issue for herders in the Gobi region. For this reason, Oyu Tolgoi, in cooperation with soum Governor's offices, launched this successful effort based on the initiative and participation of herders."
After the work on wells is completed, herders take responsibility for the wells' on-going protection and maintenance.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.