Kay Priestly, Turquoise Hill Chief Executive Officer, said, "During the third quarter, the Oyu Tolgoi concentrator continued to ramp up and is now operating at nameplate-capacity of approximately 100,000 tonnes of ore processed per day. Concentrate shipments began early in the quarter and Oyu Tolgoi's customers are making good progress with Chinese customs officials to resolve matters with purchased concentrate at the border."
Head grades improved in the quarter with a lower proportion of stockpiled ore processed as open-pit mining activities ramped up after being reduced in the second quarter to preserve cash. Given the mine and concentrator are still early in development and operation, ore grades and recovery rates are expected to continue to improve throughout the fourth quarter.
Turquoise Hill continues to expect Oyu Tolgoi to produce between 75,000 and 85,000 tonnes of copper in concentrates for 2013. Shipments of concentrate are expected to be aligned with production rates by the end of 2013.
Turquoise Hill Production Data
All data represents full production and sales on a 100% basis
|Ore Treated ('000 tonnes)||4,430||8,052||12,482|
|Average mill head grades:|
|Copper concentrates produced ('000 tonnes)||50.2||110.3||160.5|
|Average concentrate grade (% Cu)||26.1||27.7||27.2|
|Production of metals in concentrates:|
|Copper in concentrates ('000 tonnes)||13.1||30.6||43.7|
|Gold in concentrates ('000 ounces)||21||62||83|
|Silver in concentrates ('000 ounces)||85||196||281|
|Sales of metals in concentrates:|
|Copper in concentrates ('000 tonnes)||-||-||-|
|Gold in concentrates ('000 ounces)||-||-||-|
|Silver in concentrates ('000 ounces)||-||-||-|
About Turquoise Hill Resources
Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ)(TRQ.TO)(TRQ.TO) is an international mining company focused on copper, gold and coal mines in the Asia Pacific region. The company's primary operation is its 66% interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine in southern Mongolia. Other assets include a 58% interest in Mongolian coal miner SouthGobi Resources (SGQ.TO)(1878.HK); and a 56% interest in copper-gold miner Inova Resources (IVA.AX)(IVA.TO), formerly Ivanhoe Australia; and a 50% interest in Altynalmas Gold, a private company developing the Kyzyl Gold Project in Kazakhstan, which is in the process of being sold.
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