SGS awarded operational contract for Oyu Tolgoi on-site laboratory in Mongolia

SGS has been awarded the operational contract for the on-site laboratory at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in the Southern Gobi Region of Mongolia. This 3 year operational contract was awarded to SGS at the end of 2011.

Operation at the on-site laboratory is expected to begin June 1st, 2012.

The on-site laboratory is scheduled to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its scope of operations will include rapid grade control, process plant, final concentrate and environmental determinations. SGS currently runs an on-site sample preparation laboratory for the Oyu Tolgoi exploration team at the Oyu Tolgoi site. Samples are prepared at the exploration site and shipped to SGS’ nearby commercial laboratory in Ulaanbaatar for all required analyses.

The new on-site facility will employ more than 50 staff and many are currently being trained at SGS’ local laboratory in Ulaanbaatar. The Ulaanbaatar facility is a fully equipped commercial facility with fire assay, ICP, XRF, fluorine, chlorine, sulfur, carbon and classical wet chemistry capability as well as a full scope of testing for coal and conforms to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 for specific registered tests. Its complete scope of testing can be found at http://www.sgs.com/en/mining/Quality. A metallurgical laboratory is also being commissioned by SGS in Mongolia to service the Oyu Tolgoi mine.

The Oyu Tolgoi on-site laboratory complements SGS Minerals Services’ existing facility in Ulaanbaatar and further expands our broad network of commercial labs around the world. SGS offers a wide range of services to the minerals sector including geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, advanced systems, water treatment, energy and fertilizer minerals testing and trade services. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit our website www.sgs.com.