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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: December 21st 2012


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:: Oyu Tolgoi Expected to Complete Commissioning of Ore-processing Equipment


Turquoise Hill Resources announced that the Oyu Tolgoi's copper-gold-silver mine is expected to complete a seven-week commissioning of the ore-processing equipment the week of December 23. 2012. With the conclusion of the power purchase agreement on November 5, 2012, Oyu Tolgoi began the operations commissioning process. An event marking the milestone will be held at the mine next week, with the Mongolian Prime Minister expected to be in attendance.

Kay Priestly, Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill, said, "The team at Oyu Tolgoi has been making impressive progress with mine commissioning and preparing the concentrator for initial start-up. We remain on track for the beginning of commercial production in the first half of 2013."

Oyu Tolgoi also is expected to begin processing first ore through the concentrator by year end, with first concentrate production to follow within one month. The commencement of commercial production is expected three to five months thereafter.




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