OverviewOyu Tolgoi Project website
Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world's largest new copper-gold mines and is located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia, approximately 550 km south of the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and 80 km north of the Mongolia-China border.
The comprehensive Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement took effect March 31, 2010, following confirmation by the Government of Mongolia that procedural and administrative conditions contained in the Investment Agreement had been satisfied within the allocated six-month period that has followed the agreement's official signing in October 2009. The comprehensive Investment Agreement now has taken full legal effect.
On October 6, 2009, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto signed a long-term, comprehensive Investment Agreement with the Government of Mongolia for the construction and operation of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining complex. The agreement creates a partnership between the Mongolian Government -- which acquired a 34% interest in the project -- and Turquoise Hill Resources, which retained a controlling 66% interest in Oyu Tolgoi. Global miner Rio Tinto, which joined Turquoise Hill Resources as a strategic partner in October 2006, is managing the development of Oyu Tolgoi.
Oyu Tolgoi has been producing and exporting copper and gold concentrate since 2013.
Major highlights for the first nine months of 2015 include the following:
• Oyu Tolgoi achieved a strong safety performance with an All Injury Frequency Rate of 0.31 per 200,000 hours worked for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
• Oyu Tolgoi recorded revenue of $431.7 million in Q3'15 on sales of 226,000 tonnes of concentrate, a 2.5% increase over Q2'15, reflecting higher sales volumes partially offset by lower copper prices.
• Turquoise Hill reported income from continuing operations attributable to shareholders of $44.0 million.
• In Q3'15, a non-cash charge of $76.4 million was recorded within operating expenses for provision against non-current ore stockpile inventory.
• Turquoise Hill generated operating cash flow before interest and taxes of $171.7 million during Q3'15.
• Oyu Tolgoi's Q3'15 mine production was at record levels while concentrate produced and contained copper were on par with Q2'15 even considering the planned concentrator shutdown in July 2015.
• During Q3'15, mined production increased 8.5% over Q2'15 due to shorter hauling routes and ongoing productivity initiatives.
• Copper in concentrates for Q3'15 increased 1.3% due to higher head grades while gold in concentrates decreased 48.3% over Q2'15 due to slower than anticipated access to gold-rich ore.
• Increased copper and gold production is expected in Q4'15 compared to Q3'15 as higher-grade ore is accessed in the open pit.
• Turquoise Hill continues to expect Oyu Tolgoi to produce 175,000 to 195,000 tonnes of copper and 600,000 to 700,000 ounces of gold in concentrates in 2015.
• In August 2015, Oyu Tolgoi filed revised schedules for the 2015 Oyu Tolgoi Feasibility Study with the Mongolian Minerals Council.
• Underground pre-start activities are underway in parallel with an update to the feasibility study capital estimate, which is expected to be completed in Q1'16.
• Turquoise Hill continues to expect signing of project financing by the end of 2015 and the decision for underground construction in early Q2'16.
• Capital expenditure for 2015 is now expected to be approximately $120 million, of which approximately $115 million relates to sustaining capital, due to operational efficiencies, changes to the mine plan during the year and capital optimization.
• Operating cash costs for 2015 are now expected to be approximately $900 million reflecting operational improvements throughout the year and excluding one-time costs related to the May 2015 underground agreement as well as pre-start costs for underground development.
• Sales contracts have been signed for more than 80% of Oyu Tolgoi's expected 2016 concentrate production.
• In September 2015, Oyu Tolgoi surpassed 1.5 million tonnes of concentrate shipped.
• Turquoise Hill's cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2015 were $1.3 billion.
(Current as of November 5, 2015)
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