Oyu Tolgoi, Umnugobiaimag, Mongolia - This morning a fire occurred in the headframe of Shaft # 2 at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in the South Gobi. The head frame is the building on the surface that will contain the hoists for the shaft. The fire has been totally extinguished and nobody was injured.
All the relevant authorities, including the Khanbogd police department, the Umnugobiaimag’s Emergency Authority, the State Emergency Authority and Special Agencies were notified about the incident. An investigation into the incident has begun.
Shaft # 2 will be 96 metres high when construction is complete and will be used for transporting ore from the underground mine. It is currently 30 metres high.
An incident update will be reported by the company shortly.
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.