Rio's Oyu Tolgoi launches first copper shipment

Miner begins copper concentrate exports from $US6.2bn Mongolian mine.

Rio Tinto Ltd has launched the first shipment of copper-concentrate from the $US6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi mining project, which has been hit by a string of delays amid ongoing tensions with the Mongolian government.

Rio had forecast it could start exporting by the end of June if it could settle a dispute with the Mongolian government on costs and development of the mine.


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