Turquoise Hill Announces First Quarter 2016 Production
Turquoise Hill Resources today announced first quarter 2016 production for Oyu Tolgoi. Jeff Tygesen, Turquoise Hill Chief Executive Officer, said, “Oyu Tolgoi delivered strong first quarter production results with concentrator throughput reaching a quarterly high as well as better-than-expected gold production. We are increasing 2016 gold production guidance to reflect the mine accessing more of the final, high-gold benches in phase 2 of the open pit. Also during the quarter, Oyu Tolgoi surpassed 2.0 million tonnes of concentrate shipped.”
In Q1’16, concentrator throughput increased 3.1% over Q4’15 resulting in average throughput of approximately 106,000 tonnes per day for the quarter. Concentrate production in Q1’16 remained high resulting from increased throughput and strong copper grades. Copper production in Q1’16 reached a quarterly high increasing 0.5% over Q4’15. As expected, gold production in Q1’16 declined approximately 30% over Q4’15 due to lower grades and the near-completion of mining in phase 2 of the open pit.
Given stronger-than-expected Q1’16 gold production, the Company is increasing 2016 gold in concentrates guidance to 255,000 to 285,000 ounces from 210,000 to 260,000 ounces. Mining of the phase 2 gold core is expected to be complete in Q2’16. The Company continues to expect Oyu Tolgoi to produce 175,000 to 195,000 tonnes of copper in concentrates for 2016.