African Copper announces the purchase of copper put options giving the Company the right, but not the obligation, to sell up to 5,850 tonnes of copper at a strike price of US$3.00/lb divided evenly over the period April 2008 to December 2008. These contracts are intended to provide protection against the possibility of declining copper prices over the critical planned start-up period of the Dukwe Mining Project during 2008. These contracts do not cap the price at which the Company can sell its copper production and there are no margin calls associated with this position.
African Copper, PLC
African Copper is a tri-listed (AIM, TSX, Botswana Stock Exchange) international exploration and development company. African Copper is developing its first copper mine at the Dukwe Mining Project scheduled to commence production in the first quarter of 2008. The flotation concentrator at Dukwe has been designed for a 3,000 tonne-per-day throughput producing approximately 44 million pounds of copper in concentrate annually at full production. Initial production is expected to be from open pit, followed by underground mining of sulphides.
The Company’s other interests are the Matsitama Exploration Project concessions adjacent to the Dukwe Mining Project, which contains ten high priority drill-ready targets and 35 lower priority targets. For more information on African Copper, please visit www.africancopper.com or email email@example.com.
This press release contains or refers to forward-looking information, including statements related to future production, exploration and mine development plans, timing of the development of the Company’s projects in Botswana, exploration results, metallurgical test results, and other statements which are not historical facts. When used in this press release, words such as “schedule”, “could”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect”, “believe”, “intend”, “may” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements include risks related to failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, future prices of copper, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, delays in the development of projects, conclusions of economic evaluations, political risks arising from operating in Africa, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, and other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and other factors that could case actual results to differ materially from expected results. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no responsibility to update them or to revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
African Copper Plc
Vice President, Investor Relations
Numis Securities Limited (NOMAD)
John Harrison / James Black
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