Entrée Welcomes US$1.5 Billion Investment by Rio Tinto in Ivanhoe Mines â€" “A Major Vote of Confidence in Oyu Tolgoi and Mongoliaâ€�

October 19, 2006

Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, October 19, 2006 - Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX: ETG; AMEX: EGI; Frankfurt: EKA – “Entrée” or the “Company”) welcomes the announcements made yesterday by Rio Tinto (NYSE: RTP; LSX: RIO; ASX: RIO – “Rio Tinto”) and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX: IVN, NYSE: IVN; NASDAQ: IVN– “Ivanhoe”).  Rio Tinto has agreed to invest up to US$1.5 billion to acquire up to a 33.35% equity interest in Ivanhoe for the purpose of funding the joint development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold project in Mongolia.

Entrée Comment

Entrée President and CEO, Greg Crowe, stated: “This is a major vote of confidence by one of the world’s pre-eminent mining companies in both the Oyu Tolgoi project and in Mongolia.  Ivanhoe now has a strategic partner with sufficient capital resources to take the world’s richest porphyry copper-gold project to production.”

Mr. Crowe continued: “The development of Oyu Tolgoi will have a profound impact on Entrée. The extension to the rich Hugo Dummett ore body has been drilled to the inferred resource status over a strike distance of 625 meters north onto Entrée’s ground and drilling results suggest the further extension of the deposit to at least 1,300 meters north of the property boundary (see Entrée’s News Release of February 1, 2006).  The initial inferred resource is estimated to contain approximately 6.6 billion pounds of copper and over 3.2 million ounces of gold and defines some of the richest mineralization intersected to date at Oyu Tolgoi.”

Ivanhoe and Rio Tinto are the largest shareholders of Entrée, holding approximately 15% and 9% of Entrée’s issued shares respectively.  They have the option to increase their positions to approximately 16% each by exercising warrants at C$2.75 per share and C$3.00 per share. 

Mongolian Government Investment Agreement

In its news release, Rio Tinto reported that it intended to join Ivanhoe in negotiations with the Mongolian government for a long-term investment agreement. Such an agreement would provide the basis for the financing and development of Oyu Tolgoi.  The Mongolian Government appointed a “working group” in September to work with Ivanhoe for the preparation of an agreement for submission to the Mongolian government’s cabinet. 

Entrée Independent Exploration

Entrée continues exploration of its 100% owned Lookout Hill property, with three drills operating to the west of Oyu Tolgoi.  Ivanhoe currently has one drill on Entrée’s ground to the north of Entrée’s Copper Flats resource area.  Drilling at the Manlai project, for which Rio Tinto holds a first right of refusal, is nearing completion for this exploration season.


Entrée Gold Inc. ( is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on gold and copper prospects. The Company is a large landholder in Mongolia and has recently acquired an early stage copper porphyry project in Arizona, USA.

Entrée holds a 100% interest in mineral concessions comprising the 179,590 hectare Lookout Hill (Shivee Tolgoi) property, which completely surrounds the 8,500 hectare, Turquoise Hill (Oyu Tolgoi) project of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (“Ivanhoe”).

Under an “Earn-In Agreement” announced in October 2004, Ivanhoe has the right to earn an interest in approximately 40,000 hectares of Entrée’s Lookout Hill property. Details of the Earn-In Agreement are available on Entrée’s website at and on SEDAR at  Drilling conducted by Ivanhoe as part of the Earn-In Agreement has confirmed the extension of the Hugo North Deposit onto Lookout Hill.  An initial inferred resource was estimated at 190,160,000 tonnes (calculated using a 0.6% copper equivalent cut-off), averaging 1.91% copper equivalent, containing over 6.5 billion pounds of copper and 3.2 million ounces of gold (see Entrée’s news release of February 1, 2006).

Significant investments by Rio Tinto plc and Ivanhoe have contributed to Entrée’s treasury, which currently exceeds CDN$17 million.  Entrée plans to use these funds to explore its wholly-owned projects in Mongolia and Arizona, and acquire and explore new projects globally.

Entrée is listed for trading on the TSX under the symbol “ETG”, on the AMEX under the symbol “EGI” and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “EKA”.


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Monica Hamm, Investor Relations
Entrée Gold Inc.
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