Aspire Mining has appointed Barsbold Tserenpuntsag (Barsaa) as its chief geologist. Barsaa, who is credited with the discovery of Aspire’s world-class Ovoot Coking Coal Project in northern Mongolia, was previously contracted by Aspire on a part-time basis.

Barsaa will help oversee the current exploration program at Ovoot and will be responsible for identifying potential for new coking coal discoveries in northern Mongolia.

Last month, by order of Mongolia’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Zorigt D, Barsaa was awarded the Geologist Medal for 2011, in recognition for his outstanding contribution in the development of the Mongolian geological sector.

In 2008, Barsaa planned and executed the initial Ovoot exploration program that made the initial discovery holes. The program was conducted by a Mongolian syndicate, the members of which are now significant Aspire shareholders.

Barsaa also had significant involvement in Aspire’s 2010 exploration program, which culminated in the establishment of Ovoot’s maiden 330.7 million tonne JORC-compliant resource.

Barsaa will report to Aspire’s exploration manager Iestyn Broomfield.

Aspire has also appointed Scott Southwood to the role of general manager, marketing. A qualified process engineer, Scott Southwood has significant coal industry experience, beginning his career at Kembla Coal & Coke in Wollongong NSW before moving into coal marketing and logistics roles with Shell and Anglo Coal. For the last eight years, he has been employed by Ensham Coal where he was responsible for coking and thermal coal sales into North Asia.

Scott Southwood will be responsible for marketing Ovoot Coking Coal to global markets and working on rail and port capacities. He will be based in the Aspire marketing office in Brisbane, Queensland, and will report to the managing director.

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