Construction of the Oyu Tolgoi mine''s first phase of development reached 99% completion at the end of 2012. Total capital invested in the construction of the first phase of the mine through the end of 2012 was approximately US$6 billion. The final cost of the phase-one capital project is expected to be approximately US$6.0 billion, within 3% of the initial budget, excluding foreign-exchange exposures.
First ore was processed through the concentrator on January 2, 2013 and the production of first copper-gold concentrate followed on January 31, 2013.
Discussions with the Government of Mongolia
A number of substantive issues have recently been raised by the Government of Mongolia relating to implementation of the Investment Agreement, the companion Shareholders'' Agreement and project finance. Turquoise Hill continues to engage with the Government and other stakeholders to ensure the continued implementation of the Investment and Shareholders'' agreements in their current form, and to support the on-going development of Oyu Tolgoi for the benefit of all parties.
Subject to the resolution of these issues, first commercial production at Oyu Tolgoi is scheduled to commence by the end of June 2013.
Feasibility Study for Expansion of Operations
The feasibility study for the expansion of operations at Oyu Tolgoi is on-going. It is now expected to be completed in the first half of 2014 as the company continues to pursue value engineering and optimization.
About Turquoise Hill Resources
Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ.TO)(TRQ)(TRQ), formerly Ivanhoe Mines, 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); a 57% interest in copper-gold miner Ivanhoe Australia (IVA.TO)(IVA.AX); 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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