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Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.: Oyu Tolgoi Expected to Complete Commissioning of Ore-Processing Equipment and Begin Processing First Ore Through the Concentrator by Year End

Dec 20 2012 12:00AM

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/12 -- Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX: TRQ)(NYSE: TRQ)(NASDAQ: TRQ) today announced that Oyu Tolgoi is expected to complete a seven-week commissioning of the mine's ore-processing equipment the week of December 23. 2012. With the conclusion of the power purchase agreement on November 5, 2012, Oyu Tolgoi began the operations commissioning process. An event marking the milestone will be held at the mine next week, with the Mongolian Prime Minister expected to be in attendance.

Kay Priestly, Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill, said, "The team at Oyu Tolgoi has been making impressive progress with mine commissioning and preparing the concentrator for initial start-up. We remain on track for the beginning of commercial production in the first half of 2013."

Oyu Tolgoi also is expected to begin processing first ore through the concentrator by year end, with first concentrate production to follow within one month. The commencement of commercial production is expected three to five months thereafter.

About Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX: TRQ)(NYSE: TRQ)(NASDAQ: TRQ), formerly Ivanhoe Mines, is an international mining company focused on copper, gold and coal mines in the Asia Pacific region. The company's primary operation is its 66% interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine in southern Mongolia, which is expected to begin commercial production in the first half of 2013. Other assets include a 58% interest in Mongolian coal miner SouthGobi Resources (TSX: SGQ)(HKSE: 1878); a 57% interest in copper-gold miner Ivanhoe Australia (ASX: IVA)(TSX: IVA); and a 50% interest in Altynalmas Gold, a private company developing the Kyzyl Gold Project in Kazakhstan.

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Jason Combes
+1 604 648 3920
jason.combes@turquoisehill.com

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