Recent drilling completed west of the pit at Oxiana’s Prominent Hill copper-gold project in South Australia has highlighted significant potential for the discovery of an additional deposit close to existing
infrastructure. Several major milestones for the project, which is nearing completion, have also been
achieved, including connection of both water and power supply to the site and the arrival of the SAG mill at port in South Australia. Construction remains on schedule, with commissioning and first production due in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Prominent Hill is a very important project for the new company formed through the recent merger of
Oxiana and fellow mining company Zinifex Limited. In 2009 it will increase the Group’s copper production by 110,000 to 120,000 tonnes and gold production by 75,000ounces to 85,000ounces and will be a significant new source of cash flow.

Including Prominent Hill on a proforma basis at current commodity prices, copper will account for around 50% of total Company revenue, with the remainder coming from production of zinc, gold, nickel, lead and silver.


While the Prominent Hill project has been progressing through the development and construction phase, intensive exploration has continued to meet with considerable success. Drilling in 2006 and 2007 confirmed that the orebody was considerably larger than initially defined. Throughout 2008 work has continued to further test extensions to the orebody both laterally and vertically and to progress feasibility studies into the development of an underground mine concurrent with the open pit operations.

Ongoing exploration has also been actively testing the potential for additional deposits in close proximity to the currently defined orebody.

Recent step out drilling to follow up on earlier encouraging copper intersections in the Western Copper Zone, located 900 metres west of the Prominent Hill pit, has returned outstanding results including 26m at 2.1% copper and 86m at 2.9% copper, including 61m at 3.9% copper.

Project construction

Work on construction of the Prominent Hill plant and associated infrastructure continues to proceed on schedule.

Construction of a 170km, 132kVA power line has been completed and the site has now successfully been connected to grid power via the Olympic Dam West substation. The project will use approximately 50 MW of power and the contract for power supply has been awarded to AGL.

Provision of water from the permanent bore field to the site has also commenced with the main transfer pipeline operating and 50% of the production bores complete. The bore field will supply process water for use in the plant and to the reverse osmosis facility to produce potable water for the village.

Construction of the process plant and infrastructure is now 70% complete, with the project on schedule for commissioning and first production in the fourth quarter of this year. The SAG mill, delays in the delivery of which were announced earlier in the year, has now arrived at Port Pirie in South Australia for transport to site and commissioning in keeping with the current schedule.

Project costs also remain in line with current forecasts of $1.08 billion.

About Oxiana:

Oxiana is an international mining and exploration company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Shareholder and Court approvals for a merger between Oxiana and fellow Australian based miner Zinifex Limited were obtained last week. The new Company, which will be re-named OZ Minerals ­ drawing on the heritage of both Oxiana and Zinifex ­ subject to the approval of shareholders at an extraordinary General Meeting to be held on 18 July 2008, is now Australia’s third largest diversified mining company and the world’s second largest producer of zinc as well as a substantial producer of copper, lead, gold and silver.

With a strong production base, attractive development pipeline, prospective exploration portfolio and a sound financial position, the merged Company is well-positioned to succeed, especially in the current environment defined by growing world-wide demand for all basic commodities.

The company currently has five mining operations located in Australia and Asia, three new mining projects in development and a large portfolio of exploration projects throughout Australia, Asia and North America.

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