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Press release: Rio Tinto opens Galba public park in Khanbogd

- This project is a great example of community engagement, strong partnership and sustainable development in the South Gobi -

Khanbogd, Umnugobi - Last weekend, Khanbogd soum celebrated its historic 90th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, Galba Public Park, built on initiative of soum residents and administration with financing under Rio Tinto’s social investment programme, was officially opened.

Oyu Tolgoi LLC Board members, executives of Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC, and Rio Tinto representatives attended the Khanbogd soum anniversary celebrations and Galba Park opening ceremony.

In his speech at the opening of Galba Park, Rob Atkinson, COO of Rio Tinto Copper Group said: “I would like to express my gratitude to all the people of Khanbogd who worked together with us and supported construction of this wonderful public park, designed for Khanbogd families and households. I am confident that our partnership and friendship will grow stronger and stronger with each passing year, as we build sustainable development together”.

Khanbogd soum governor T.Buyan-Ulzii said “As Khanbogd residents celebrate 90th anniversary of our soum, one of 90 developments to mark this event is opening of this Galba Public Park, which will provide opportunities for children and adults to spend time in a pleasant and comfortable environment”

Respecting history of Khanbogd, this public park was named Galba which is the original historic name of Khanbogd soum. The park is five hectares and the amenities provide visitors with fountains, lawns, parking for 300 cars, restrooms and lighting. The park was built by a Mongolian company.

Last year, Rio Tinto supported more than 2,200 projects and programmes worldwide in areas such as health, education, business development, environment and agriculture. Galba Public Park is just one example.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (http://ot.mn/en)

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the Umnugobi, Oyu Tolgoi has commissioned Concentrator plant in December, 2012 and commenced shipments of copper concentrate in July of 2013. As the biggest single investment in Mongolian history, Oyu Tolgoi already is a major driver of the country’s economy.

Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. Oyu Tolgoi is developing a nationwide vocational training programme, regional infrastructure, and is committed to ensuring more than 90 per cent Mongolian national employment and a strong Mongolian supplier base. These programmes will help drive economic growth for generations to come.

Oyu Tolgoi’s core commitment is to a safe work place and setting a new standard in environmental care.

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About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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