Press release

Oyu Tolgoi joins fight against wildfires with donation and lending of vehicles and equipment to government of Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,

During a ceremony at Sukhbaatar square today, Oyu Tolgoi handed over various vehicles and equipment to the Government of Mongolia, in support of fighting current wildfire situation and for preventative measures. The contribution is an important example of Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to safety, and partnership with the community and the Government of Mongolia, and environmental stewardship.

Opening the ceremony State Secretary - Ministry of Environment and Tourism Tsengel Ts., said "An important event is being held today. Over 140 wildfire cases have been reported in 56 soums of 13 provinces in Mongolia this year. As a consequence, 600 thousand hectare area, or 30 percent of entire forest of Mongolia, have been exposed to the fire and the country has never faced such damage before. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Armando Torres and the Oyu Tolgoi team on behalf of Government of Mongolia, as well as the Environment and Tourism Ministry for answering our request promptly, and calling other organizations to this challenge and meeting social responsibility."

Armando Torres, CEO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC said “On behalf of the Oyu Tolgoi team, we are proud to be playing in our role in helping meet this challenge. Forest and steppe wildfires are real threadt to homes, communities, livestock, and the Mongolian economy. At Oyu Tolgoi, safety and partnership are at the heart of everything we do. As a Mongolian business, we are proud to play a partnership role in ensuring this safety of brave emergence first responders, fire-fighters, police, rangers and so many others who are battling this crisis - and ensuring the issue is mitigated safely and effectively.

This is an important example of our social responsibility and our commitment to our community and to Mongolia. I am honored to have this opportunity on behalf of the Oyu Tolgoi family, to present this donation and short-term lending of vehicles including a flatbed truck, water truck, light vehicles, water containers and other personal protective equipment for the fire fighters and those fighting this issue on the ground. Once again, our greatest thanks to the brave men and women who are combating this crisis on ground.”

Oyu Tolgoi CEO Armando Torres presented the certificate to Tsengel.Ts, the state secretary of Ministry of Environment and Tourism – representing company’s donation of two Land Cruiser vehicles, 359 overalls, eight fire hoses, one collapsible water tank, 200 plastic totes, two ladders and 35 hand shovels.

In addition, company provided a Land Cruiser vehicle, a flatbed truck and a water truck to the GoM in a short-term lending arrangement. Representatives of Ministry of Environment and Tourism, National Police Agency, NEMA and management of Protected Areas participated in the ceremony.

Today’s donation follows Oyu Tolgoi and Oyu Tolgoi funded Gobi Oyu Fund’s earlier contribution of MNT53mn to NEMA. Today’s donation follows Oyu Tolgoi and Gobi Oyu DSF’s earlier contribution of MNT53million worth personal protective equipment and cash to NEMA on 18 July.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

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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