Entrée Resources Reports Updated Feasibility Study for its Interest in the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi Joint Venture Property

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15/06/2021 14:35
Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property Highlights:

Hugo North Extension Lift 1 Updated Reserve Case After-Tax NPV(8%) of $114 million (CAD$139 million*)
Hugo North Extension Lift 2 Preliminary Economic Assessment After-Tax NPV(8%) of$306 million (CAD$372 million*)
First development production from Hugo North Extension Lift 1 expected in 2022
Significant leverage to copper price as Reserve Case and Preliminary Economic Assessment use $3.25/lb copper
(All figures are in US dollars unless otherwise noted; *converted at USD:CAD exchange rate of 1.215)

Vancouver, B.C., June 15, 2021 – Entrée Resources Ltd. (TSX: ETG; OTCQB: ERLFF – the “Company” or “Entrée”) is pleased to announce the results of an updated Feasibility Study that was completed on its interest in the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi joint venture property (the “Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property”). Entrée has a 20% or 30% participating interest (depending on the depth of mineralization) in the joint venture (the “Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV”) with Oyu Tolgoi LLC (“OTLLC”) holding the remaining 80% or 70% interest. The Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property comprises a significant portion of the long-life, high-grade Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining project in Mongolia.

Mr. Stephen Scott, Entrée’s President and CEO comments, “We are pleased to report updated information that aligns Entrée’s disclosure with that of other Oyu Tolgoi project stakeholders on development of the first lift of the underground mine. Even more exciting is that, based on OTLLC’s 2020 Oyu Tolgoi Feasibility Study, first Lift 1 development production on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property is expected to commence in 2022. What has historically seemed like a long way out is very fast becoming a reality. Coincident with receiving first development production, Entrée will retain 10% of the available cash flow from the sale of its share of production until its share of joint venture costs is repaid in accordance with the terms of the Joint Venture Agreement**. We are also looking forward to completion of Panel 1 optimization studies currently underway that have potential to further improve Lift 1 economics for the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV.”

LOM highlights of the production and financial results from the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Summary LOM Production and Financial Results – Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property

Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property Units 2021 Reserve Case 2021 PEA
Attributable Financial Results
Cash Flow, pre-tax US$M 381 1,982
NPV(5%), after-tax US$M 160 541
NPV(8%), after-tax US$M 114 306
NPV(10%), after-tax US$M 91 213

LOM Recovered Metal
Copper Recovered Mlb 1,249 4,564
Gold Recovered koz 549 2,025
Silver Recovered koz 3,836 15,067

LOM Processed Material
Probable Reserve Feed 40 Mt @ 1.53% Cu, 0.53 g/t Au, 3.6 g/t Ag ----
Indicated Resource Feed ---- 77.9 Mt @ 1.35% Cu, 0.49 g/t Au, 3.6 g/t Ag (1.64% CuEq)
Inferred Resource Feed ---- 87.8 Mt @ 1.35% Cu, 0.49 g/t Au, 3.6 g/t Ag (1.64% CuEq)

Long term metal prices used in the net present value (“NPV”) economic analyses for the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA are: copper $3.25/lb, gold $1,591.00/oz, silver $21.08/oz.
Mineral Reserves in the 2021 Reserve Case, and Mineral Resources in the 2021 PEA mine plan are reported on a 100% basis.
Entrée has a 20% interest in the above processed material and recovered metal.
The Mineral Reserves that form the basis of the 2021 Reserve Case are from a separate portion of the Hugo North Extension deposit than the Mineral Resources in the 2021 PEA.
Copper equivalent (“CuEq”) is calculated as shown in the footnote to Table 11 – Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property Mineral Resources in this press release.
2021 Reserve Case cash flows are discounted to the beginning of 2021.
2021 PEA cash flows are discounted to the beginning of 2027, the beginning of Hugo North Lift 2 development. Attributable Entrée JV production begins in 2031 and ramps up to stable production in 2043. Final Entrée JV attributable production concludes in 2056.
The 2021 Reserve Case and 2021 PEA are exclusive of each other.
Indicated and Inferred Resource average expected run-of-mine feed grade of 1.35% copper, 0.49 g/t gold, and 3.6 g/t silver (1.64% CuEq) includes dilution and mine losses.
The economic analysis in the 2021 PEA is based on a conceptual mine plan and does not have as high a level of certainty as the 2021 Reserve Case. The 2021 PEA is preliminary in nature and includes Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves, and there is no certainty that the 2021 PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

In both the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA, Entrée is only reporting the production and cash flows attributable to the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property, not production and cash flows for other Oyu Tolgoi project areas owned 100% by OTLLC. The production and cash flows from the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA are from separate parts of the Hugo North Extension deposit and there is no overlap of the mineralization.

Both the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA are based on information supplied by OTLLC or reported within OTFS20. OTFS20 discusses the mine plan for Lift 1 of the Hugo North (including Hugo North Extension) underground block cave on both the Oyu Tolgoi mining licence and the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property. Rio Tinto is managing the construction and eventual operation of Lift 1, as well as any future development of Lift 2 or other deposits on the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property.

The results of the 2021 Reserve Case and the 2021 PEA will be summarized by Wood Canada Limited (“Wood”) in a National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 Technical Report that will be filed under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com within 45 days of this news release and on the Company’s website.

The Lift 1 mine design presented in OTFS20 and the 2021 Reserve Case are subject to future refinements and updates. Hugo North (including Hugo North Extension) Lift 1 surface and underground drilling programs are ongoing to support the evaluation by OTLLC of different design and sequencing options for Panels 1 and 2 as part of OTLLC’s planned Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility level work. The Hugo North Extension deposit is located at the northern portion of Panel 1.

Neither OTFS20 nor the results of the 2021 Reserve Case and 2021 PEA reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are ongoing and continue to be assessed by OTLLC. In particular, progress on Shafts 3 and 4 has been delayed and the overall impact of these delays is under review by OTLLC. Shafts 3 and 4 are required to support production from Panels 1 and 2 during ramp up to 95,000 tonnes per day (“tpd”).

On December 18, 2020, Turquoise Hill Resources announced that a Definitive Estimate that refines the analysis in OTFS20 and broadly confirms the economics and assumptions presented therein has been completed and delivered to OTLLC by Rio Tinto. The Company has not received a copy of the Definitive Estimate and it was not reviewed or relied upon in the preparation of the 2021 Reserve Case or the 2021 PEA. According to Turquoise Hill Resources, the Definitive Estimate assumes COVID-19 related restrictions in 2021 that are no more stringent than those experienced in September 2020. Should COVID-19 constraints continue beyond 2021, should the COVID-19 situation escalate in 2021 leading to additional restrictions, or should COVID-19 related restrictions or other non-technical criteria result in a delay in commencement of the undercut, which is currently scheduled for mid-2021, the development costs and schedule in OTFS20 and the 2021 Reserve Case and 2021 PEA could be negatively impacted.

Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property

The Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Property comprises a significant portion of the overall Oyu Tolgoi project area, including the Hugo North Extension copper-gold deposit on the Shivee Tolgoi mining licence, the Heruga copper-gold-molybdenum deposit on the Javhlant mining licence and a large prospective land package with numerous priority exploration targets (Figure 1). Entrée has a 20% participating interest in the currently defined mineralization within the Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV with OTLLC holding the remaining 80% interest. Entrée has a 30% participating interest in any new mineralization that could be discovered between surface and a depth of 560 metres (“m”). OTLLC has a 100% interest in other Oyu Tolgoi project areas, including the Oyut open pit, which is currently in production, and the Hugo North and Hugo South deposits on the Oyu Tolgoi mining licence.

Figure 1 – Entrée/Oyu Tolgoi JV Project

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