MELBOURNE, June 21 Rio Tinto
said its plan to start shipping copper from the $6.2 billion Oyu
Tolgoi copper mine on Friday has been delayed at the request of
the Mongolian government.
"Oyu Tolgoi is ready to start its first shipments of copper
concentrate from its Mongolian mine and all necessary permits to
do so have been received from relevant authorities," Rio Tinto
spokesman Bruce Tobin said.
"However, plans to start shipping on Friday 21 June have
been postponed at the request of the Government of Mongolia."
The company, whose Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd
unit owns 66 percent of the mine, had earlier planned an event
to mark the first shipment on June 14 which was then rescheduled
to June 21.