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Oyu Tolgoi signs major deal for advanced training simulators

Purchase will help to train Mongolians to global standards

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (ot.mn) – Oyu Tolgoi, the gold and copper mine under development in the South Gobi, has underlined its commitment to training its workforce to world’s highest standards by investing in simulator-based operator training technology provided by Immersive Technologies.

Oyu Tolgoi is amoung the first mine sites in the world to purchase the new PRO3 simulator from Immersive Technologies. The PRO3 is specifically designed for surface mining and initially will support operator training of Komatsu haul trucks at the Mongolian mine site.

Together with the PRO3 simulator, the purchase included a comprehensive training package incorporating a five-year gold support program, Custom Mine Site, TrainerAdvantage™ certification and Training Systems Integration programs.

As well as training its workforce, Oyu Tolgoi is running the largest vocational training programme ever established in Mongolia. Many of the job skills are transferable – jobs will be created in IT, environmental management and accountancy.

Cameron McRae, CEO of Oyu Tolgoi, said that the purchase of the simulators and support from Immersive reflected the mine’s continued commitment to ensuring its largely Mongolian operators are the best in the world.

This equipment will help to make our operators amoung the best and the safest anywhere,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the equipment myself and talking to our operators undergoing training.”

Immersive Technologies’ Regional Vice President, Mark Eaton-Reid said: “This simulation investment will enable Oyu Tolgoi to maximise its heavy equipment operator training throughput without impacting on the skills and knowledge transfer to new operators. The investment underlines Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to training in Mongolia.”

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)

Oyu Tolgoi LLC is Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company and is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia (34 per cent stake), Ivanhoe Mines (66 per cent) and Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is the major shareholder in Ivanhoe Mines and the manager of Oyu Tolgoi. In addition to dividends from its 34 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi, the Government of Mongolia will receive taxes and royalties.

Oyu Tolgoi, located in the Gobi desert in southern Mongolia, will be one of the largest and highest-grade copper and gold mines in the world. It is the largest project ever developed in Mongolia, requiring a capital investment for Phase one of more than US$6 billion.

Oyu Tolgoi is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for Mongolia. At least 9 out of 10 employees will be Mongolian once the mine is in production and Oyu Tolgoi is investing US$58 million dollars (78 billion MNT) in training and education and an additional US$27 million dollars (36 billion MNT) in the Workforce Employment Project designed to help address the general skills shortage in Mongolia.

Oyu Tolgoi's key priorities are the health and safety of employees, best-practice environmental management, contributing to sustainable communities and always doing business with integrity, for the benefit of all the project's shareholders and the people of Mongolia.

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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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