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The Bright Future of Lithium Brine in Mongolia with Ali Haji

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In this episode, we chat with Ali Haji, CEO of ION Energy who is an emerging leader in the exploration and development of Mongolia’s lithium salars. They are well poised to play a strong role as the world embarks upon the third wave of the clean energy revolution. The Company has one of the largest explorations, and the first lithium brine licences ever granted in Mongolia


Ali has a Computer Science degree and international experience in asset management, risk analysis and program governance. He discusses their exciting ION project in Mongolia and does so in some detail.




  • Only 3% of Mongolia has been explored, so there is huge potential.
  • ION Energy has uncovered rich lithium brine resources.
  • The growing demand for electric vehicles is bound to drive demand for lithium.
  • Being close to China means that they are perfectly placed to take advantage of a huge market.
  • Between them, the board has over 100 years of successful mining experience.
  • Half the board are Mongolian. 
  • Employing locals buys a lot of goodwill.
  • 20% of the GDP is driven by mining.
  • The company will continue to explore its assets throughout 2021.
  • At the end of the year, they expect to bring in a strategic investor, which will generate a cash injection.
  • That cash will open up the chance to buy more licences and enable the company to go into production.
  • They are planning to provide an exit for their shareholders in 18 to 24 months.
  • ION Energy plans to leverage green energy.




‘Lithium is going to make a comeback as a result of electric vehicle demand. ´

‘As a team, we have over 100 years of exploration and mining success around the world.’



ION Energy Press Release - https://www.ionenergy.ca/exploration-completed-at-ions-100-owned-baavhai-uul-project/

Website: https://www.ionenergy.ca

LinkedIn: ION Energy | LinkedIn

Facebook: Ion Energy - Inicio | Facebook

Twitter: ion_energy (@ion_energy) / Twitter












Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.





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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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