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Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 5540308
Date 2009-07-29 15:31:43
yea.. .there were quite a few indians at the mining conference that was
staying at my hotel.
they weren't so fun to talk to (sticks in the mud).

Reva Bhalla wrote:

the Indians have also been dealing heavily with the Kaz in getting their
uranium. when i was there last there was a giant Kaz delegation there
and my Indian defense contacts said all their talks centered on uranium
deals. not sure how much trouble the indians have had in seeing htese
deals through but i can find out
On Jul 29, 2009, at 8:13 AM, Lauren Goodrich wrote:

Kaz owns their own uranium with companies that just so happen to have
Kremlin-ers on the boards...
I even talked to Chinese companies about this while in Kaz and they
told me how hard it was to get into uranium there.

Rodger Baker wrote:

l can see if i can get any more info from the mongolians on this if
we are interested.
let me know
On Jul 29, 2009, at 8:01 AM, Peter Zeihan wrote:

i thought the russians pretty much owned the uranium industry in

is my info dated?

Jennifer Richmond wrote:

In response to my question: Do you mean to say that China is now
interested in Mongolia because they are possibly being blocked
by Russian interests in Kazakhstan?

No, the Chinese have pretty much wrapped up the uranium in
Kazakhstan, and now they are trying to secure uranium in
Mongolia as well. Interestingly, CNNC or its subsidiaries were
involved in both countries.
In China, the importation of uranium is controlled by the
central government. They have theoretically always done this,
but in the middle of last year they reiterated central control
of uranium imports. Effectively, most imports are either
undertaken by CNNC, China Guangdong, or Sino Steel (yes, that
last one is correct). There may be one other authorised
importer. All of this means that any uranium investment is more
centrally planned and controlled than any other outward
As for the Russians, I suspect they or the Americans may have
prodded the Mongolians to rebuff the Chinese after they took
their stake in Western Prospector. Alternatively, the
Mongolians may have chosen to do it on their own volition.
Either way, the Russians are feeling under pressure.

Antonia Colibasanu wrote:

ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator. Source is
well-connected politically, militarily and economically. He
has become a
private businessman helping foreign companies with M&As
PUBLICATION: Yes but with no attribution

CNNC (China National Nuclear Corporation) recently acquired a
majority stake in Western Prospector, whose sole project is
the Gurvanbulag Central deposit in Mongolia. This deposit is
actually covered by tenements in favour of three companies -
Western Prospector, Khan, and Laramide. My suspicion is that
the CNNC move on Western Prospector was the prelude to raids
both of the other companies, with a view to possible merger.
Laramide is particularly vulnerable, as the weak equity
market has constrained their ability to raise capital.
Laramide has projects in Australia, which are currently on
care & maintenance for this reason.
As you know, relations between China and Mongolia are strained
from time to time. The question is whether this has been
stoked by Russia, who would not have been happy with China
taking 70% of Kazatomprom, and other Kazakh uranium processing
assets earlier this year. Russia, in turn, is quietly trying
to get a foothold in Australian uranium exploration, which is
the first time this has happened.
In short, China's massive nuclear power expansion plan
requires significant amounts of uranium. This has led them to
try to secure uranium in Central Asia and Mongolia, which it
might consider in its sphere of influence. The problem is the
Russians have pretensions/expectations there also.

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334