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Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.

January 16, 2017 16:15 ET

Turquoise Hill announces fourth quarter 2016 production

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - January 16, 2017) - Turquoise Hill Resources today announced fourth quarter 2016 production for Oyu Tolgoi.

Jeff Tygesen, Turquoise Hill Chief Executive Officer, said, "Oyu Tolgoi's operations performed very well during 2016, running at record levels for material mined and ore treated. Oyu Tolgoi also exceeded both copper and gold production guidance for the year. Concentrator performance during the fourth quarter was strong with the highest throughput since production began. Oyu Tolgoi is well-positioned to sustain the 2017 grade challenges."

In Q4'16, concentrator throughput increased 7.4% over Q3'16 resulting in an average daily rate of 106,700 tonnes for the quarter, which was a quarterly high. Copper production in Q4'16 was broadly consistent with Q3'16 while Q4'16 gold production increased 32.4% over Q3'16 due to the final processing of Phase 2 ore. Copper grades in Q4'16 were as expected as operations focused mainly on Phase 6 of the open pit.

Oyu Tolgoi is expected to produce 130,000 to 160,000 tonnes of copper in concentrates and 100,000 to 140,000 ounces of gold in concentrates for 2017.

Underground development

During Q4'16, the underground project workforce ramped up to over 2,000 people and progress was made in key areas including Shafts 2 and 5 related activities and construction of critical on-site facilities while the bulk excavation component for the convey-to-surface work stream was completed. Lateral development rates are progressing well with a further increase expected in 2017 when additional underground crushing capacity is added.

Oyu Tolgoi Production Data

All data represents full production and sales on a 100% basis

Full Year
Full Year
Open pit material mined ('000 tonnes) 23,708 22,867 22,716 25,739 25,615 96,938 91,771
Ore treated ('000 tonnes) 9,369 9,662 9,525 9,146 9,819 38,152 34,537
Average mill head grades:              
 Copper (%) 0.69 0.70 0.64 0.66 0.61 0.65 0.67
 Gold (g/t) 0.92 0.63 0.33 0.21 0.25 0.36 0.78
 Silver (g/t) 1.67 1.92 1.92 1.99 1.50 1.83 1.56
Concentrates produced ('000 tonnes) 231.8 229.5 207.1 203.2 206.7 846.6 788.5
 Average concentrate grade (% Cu) 24.7 25.1 24.9 22.9 22.0 23.8 25.6
Production of metals in concentrates:              
 Copper ('000 tonnes) 57.3 57.6 51.7 46.6 45.5 201.3 202.2
 Gold ('000 ounces) 207 144 70 37 49 300 653
 Silver ('000 ounces) 355 395 391 361 273 1,420 1,223
Concentrate sold ('000 tonnes) 236.2 213.1 227.4 206.2 182.0 828.6 819.8
Sales of metals in concentrates:              
 Copper ('000 tonnes) 54.7 51.2 54.4 45.7 37.6 188.9 201.3
 Gold ('000 ounces) 160 175 95 38 39 347 737
 Silver ('000 ounces) 360 305 395 341 239 1,280 1,158
Metal recovery (%)              
 Copper 88.4 85.6 83.3 78.0 76.6 81.0 87.6
 Gold 74.2 72.2 69.3 62.0 63.4 68.5 74.4
 Silver 70.8 66.4 65.9 61.7 57.2 63.1 69.9

About Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ) (NASDAQ: TRQ) (TSX: TRQ) is an international mining company whose primary operation is its 66% interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine in southern Mongolia.

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