SOURCE: Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.

July 15, 2015 17:00 ET

Turquoise Hill Announces Second Quarter 2015 Production

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - July 15, 2015) - Turquoise Hill Resources today announced the second quarter 2015 production for Oyu Tolgoi.

Jeff Tygesen, Turquoise Hill Chief Executive Officer, said, "Second quarter production at Oyu Tolgoi was strong due to increased throughput and high grades as the mine accessed the high-grade zone. Concentrate production was the highest Oyu Tolgoi has seen since operations began."

Concentrate production for Q2'15 increased 64.6% over Q1'15 due to a 20.1% increase in throughput and higher head grades. Throughput for Q2'15 was the best Oyu Tolgoi has experienced since operations began. Copper and gold in concentrates increased 64.5% and 178.1% respectively over Q1'15.

Oyu Tolgoi began accessing higher-grade material in Q2'15. Production of higher-grade ore is expected to continue in the second half of 2015. 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.

A planned two-week concentrator shutdown is currently underway at Oyu Tolgoi.

Following the signing of the Underground Mine Development and Financing Plan in May, Turquoise Hill and Rio Tinto are advancing project financing and updating the underground feasibility study. The Company continues to expect signing of project financing by the end of 2015.

Oyu Tolgoi Production Data
All data represents full production and sales on a 100% basis

  1Q
2014
 2Q
2014
 3Q
2014
 4Q
2014
 1Q
2015
 2Q
2015
 1H
2014
 1H
2015
 Full
Year
2014
                           
Open pit material mined ('000 tonnes) 21,621  16,861  19,493  18,944  21,999  22,094  38,482  44,093  76,919
Ore treated ('000 tonnes) 5,560  7,778  7,029  7,505  7,512  9,025  13,338  16,536  27,872
Average mill head grades:                          
 Copper (%) 0.52  0.53  0.59  0.74  0.52  0.69  0.52  0.61  0.60
 Gold (g/t) 0.49  0.60  0.80  1.46  0.48  1.09  0.55  0.82  0.86
 Silver (g/t) 1.52  1.57  1.64  1.65  1.16  1.46  1.55  1.33  1.60
Concentrates produced ('000 tonnes) 102.9  140.0  134.1  186.7  130.9  215.5  242.9  346.4  563.6
 Average concentrate grade (% Cu) 24.6  25.8  27.3  26.9  25.7  25.6  25.3  25.7  26.3
Production of metals in concentrates:                          
 Copper ('000 tonnes) 25.3  36.2  36.6  50.3  33.6  55.3  61.5  88.9  148.4
 Gold ('000 ounces) 66  113  132  278  86  238  179  324  589
 Silver ('000 ounces) 163  229  216  286  184  297  391  481  893
Concentrate sold ('000 tonnes) 48.2  202.5  220.3  262.7  167.7  189.8  250.7  357.5  733.7
Sales of metals in concentrates:                          
 Copper ('000 tonnes) 13.1  51.6  53.6  67.6  42.1  46.3  64.7  88.4  185.8
 Gold ('000 ounces) 28  126  144  263  200  177  154  377  561
 Silver ('000 ounces) 78  309  323  383  219  250  387  464  1,093
Metal recovery (%)                          
 Copper 87.9  87.6  89.3  90.7  86.8  88.6  87.7  87.9  89.1
 Gold 75.5  74.8  74.8  78.6  71.6  75.6  75.1  74.6  76.6
 Silver 59.3  58.6  58.6  71.6  65.4  70.6  58.7  68.5  62.3
                  

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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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With respect to specific forward-looking information concerning the construction and development of the Oyu Tolgoi mine, the Company has based its assumptions and analyses on certain factors which are inherently uncertain. Uncertainties and assumptions include, among others: the timing and cost of the construction and expansion of mining and processing facilities; the impact of the delay in the funding and development of the Oyu Tolgoi underground mine; the timing to satisfy all conditions precedent to the availability of Oyu Tolgoi project financing; the approval of the underground feasibility study by Oyu Tolgoi LLC and its shareholders; the impact of changes in, changes in interpretation to or changes in enforcement of, laws, regulations and government practices in Mongolia; the availability and cost of skilled labour and transportation; the availability and cost of appropriate smelting and refining arrangements; the obtaining of (and the terms and timing of obtaining) necessary environmental and other government approvals, consents and permits; the availability of funding on reasonable terms; the timing and availability of a long-term power source for the Oyu Tolgoi mine; delays, and the costs which would result from delays, in the development of the underground mine (which could significantly exceed the costs projected in the underground feasibility study and in the 2014 Oyu Tolgoi Technical Report); projected copper, gold and silver prices and demand; and production estimates and the anticipated yearly production of copper, gold and silver at the Oyu Tolgoi mine.

The cost, timing and complexities of mine construction and development are increased by the remote location of a property such as the Oyu Tolgoi mine. It is common in new mining operations and in the development or expansion of existing facilities to experience unexpected problems and delays during development, construction and mine start-up. Additionally, although the Oyu Tolgoi mine has achieved commercial production, there is no assurance that future development activities will result in profitable mining operations. In addition, funding and development of the underground component of the Oyu Tolgoi mine have been delayed during the period that was required to resolve outstanding matters with the Government of Mongolia. These delays can impact project economics.

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