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Director of Bayanmarz says mine really cares about health and safety

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (ot.mn) – A supplier to the Oyu Tolgoi-funded Govisumber Mining School of Excellence in Choir has said that he is very happy to be a supplier to the South Gobi-based mine. He added that the company’s culture of safety was a real inspiration to him and his team.

“I have worked on a lot of projects for a lot of different owners but I have never worked for anyone that cared about health and safety like Oyu Tolgoi:” said Ganbold S, the Director of Bayanmarz, who has a workforce of 45 including eight engineers. “This is the first time I can truly say we are acting on all safety aspects:” he added.

Cameron McRae, CEO of Oyu Tolgoi said that he was delighted to hear that Bayanmarz was benefiting from Oyu Tolgoi’s insistence on the highest standards of health and safety.

“We have a policy of ‘zero harm’, and we believe that one accident is one too many:” he said. “I am particularly happy that Bayanmarz is impressed with our culture of ‘safety first, safety last and safety always’.”

Bayanmarz, a 100 per cent Mongolian-owned construction company, is upgrading the vocational training centre in Choir on behalf of Oyu Tolgoi. The contract is worth 2,500,000,000 MNT.

“Oyu Tolgoi is giving us a lot of chances and opportunities:” said Ganbold, shortly after the Director of the School, Enkhbat G, said that Oyu Tolgoi had ‘opened his eyes to what is possible’.

About Oyu Tolgoi (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, Ivanhoe Mines and Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is the major shareholder in Ivanhoe Mines and the manager of the Oyu Tolgoi project. In addition to dividends from its 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$85 million dollars (110 billion MNT) in training.

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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