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FEB 2018

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REGIONAL NEWS - U.S. & CANADA 10 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2018 Rio Tinto has appointed Munkh- tushig Dul as the country director for its new offi ce in Ulaanbaatar. Munkhtushig will work in coordina- tion with the Oyu Tolgoi LLC team, led by managing director Armando Torres. Munkhtushig has previous- ly worked in senior roles within the Noble Group's Mongolian operations, with the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Executive Offi ce of the National Security Council, as well as a number of leading Mongolian corporations. His responsibilities will include managing Rio Tinto's day-to-day activities in Mongolia, engaging with stakeholders and serving as the head of Rio Tinto's offi ce in Ulaanbaatar. South32 announced important changes to the operational account- abilities of its two COOs, which will become effective with the manage- ment of South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) as a standalone business. Mike Fraser will be accountable for the alumina and aluminum opera- tions in Australia and Southern Afri- ca, and the Cerro Matoso operation in Colombia, while remaining South32's primary representative for SAEC. Paul Harvey will be accountable for the group's manganese operations in Australia and South Africa, as well as the Cannington and Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations in Australia. TMAC Resources Inc. announced that Gordon Morrison is retiring as president and CTO and will immediately transition to the part-time role of executive advisor. Jason Neal was appointed as president and CEO, ef- fective February 15. Neal was promoted to co-head and managing director of the Global Metals and Mining Group in 2010. SilverCrest Metals Inc. appointed Christopher Ritchie as president. During the past eight years, Ritchie has been a key fi nancial advisor to Silver- Crest Mines Inc., through National Bank Financial and Canaccord Genuity. Dolly Varden Silver Corp. announced that as a result of the departure of Ste- phen Brohman, CFO, it has appointed Melissa Martensen as interim CFO. Brohman had served as CFO since December 2016. Martensen will also con- tinue to serve as corporate secretary of the company. Roberto Pancaldi has become the new Tenova Metals CEO, assuming the role of Andrea Rocca, who, after fi ve years in Tenova, has taken new responsibilities in Tecpetrol, another company of the Techint Group. Pre- viously, Pancaldi was Tenova Metals COO, joining the Techint Group as process engineer in 1988. eCobalt Solutions Inc. appointed Fiona Grant Leydier to the position of vice president of investor relations, and Don Rowles to the position of mine controller based in Salmon, Idaho. Grant Leydier has more than 12 years of experience leading multifaceted stakeholder communications for international publicly traded companies across diversifi ed industries. Rowles previously served 12 years with Thomp- son Creek Metals Co. as mine controller at Thompson Creek mine and Mount Milligan mine. Piedmont Lithium Ltd. appointed Patrick Brindle, David Buckley and Bruce Czachor as senior offi cers of the company. Brindle joined Piedmont as vice president-project management. He most recently worked as vice president of engineering for DRA Taggart. Buckley is joining Piedmont as vice president– chief process engineer. Most recently, he was chief process engineer of Critical Elements Corp. Czachor is joining Piedmont as vice president–general counsel. He is a former partner of major international law fi rm Shearman & Sterling. Motion Industries announced three management changes. Randy Breaux was promoted to executive vice president of marketing, dis- tribution, and purchasing. Breaux joined Motion Industries in 2011 as senior vice president. Kevin Storer was promoted to executive vice president of U.S. Operations and president of Mi Mexico. Storer's most recent posi- tion was senior vice president of U.S. operations and president of Mi Mexico. Mark Stoneburner was promot- ed to senior vice president of industry segments and business development. He joined Motion Industries in 2016 as cor- porate account vice president–in- dustry segments. Summit Materials appointed Karl H. Watson Jr. has been appointed executive vice president and COO, succeeding Douglas C. Rauh. In 2017, he served as president, Cement & Southwest Ready Mix at Martin Marietta Materials Inc. Munkhtushig Dul Armando Torres Mike Fraser Paul Harvey Jason Neal Roberto Pancaldi Christopher Ritchie Randy Breaux Kevin Storer Mark Stoneburner Karl H. Watson Jr. NEWS - PEOPLE IN THE NEWS four holes on its eastern edge, which were drilled between 1970 and 1982. Suncor Produces First Oil from Fort Hills in January Teck Resources reported that Suncor, the operator of the Fort Hills Energy Ltd. Partnership, confi rmed that the Fort Hills project is ramping up production following the safe startup of second- ary extraction at the end of January. As expected, the fi rst of three trains from secondary extraction is now online and production on this train will continue to ramp up through the fi rst quarter. "We are pleased to reach this import- ant milestone. The production of fi rst oil at Fort Hills is the culmination of the hard work of thousands of people since the project was sanctioned by the Fort Hills partners in 2013," said Don Lind- say, president and CEO, Teck Resources. "We look forward to the ramp up to full production and to the continued growth of our energy business. Fort Hills is a long-life asset that will generate signifi - cant value for our company for decades to come. Its life cycle carbon intensity is projected to be lower than approximately half of the oil refi ned in North America." The project has already completed fi ve test runs of the front end of the plant, producing 1.4 million barrels of froth. The froth was trucked to Suncor's base plant for further processing. The second and third trains of sec- ondary extraction are being insulated and are expected to start up in the fi rst half of 2018, as planned. Fort Hills re- mains on track to reach 90% of name- plate capacity of 194,000 barrels (bbl) per day by the end of 2018. Suncor has guided toward cash operating costs per barrel for Fort Hills of $20-$30/bbl by the 4 th quarter of 2018.

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