Centamin Egypt Limited
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Centamin Egypt Limited

October 30, 2009 09:29 ET

Centamin Egypt Reports on Activities in the Quarter Ended September 30, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - Centamin Egypt Limited ("Centamin" or "the Company") (TSX:CEE)(ASX:CNT)(AIM:CEY) is providing the following report on its activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2009:



Highlights

Construction and Development

- Stage 1 Commissioning activities well advanced with completion in several
areas
- Continued good progress on remaining construction activities
- First delivery of seawater to site via 25km pipeline and bore field
- Commencement of construction on direct seawater intake
- Crushing and conveyor systems commissioned and performing above required
rates
- Power installations approaching completion with powerlines
energized across the project
- Peak manpower continues to be sustained with +1,000 personnel on site
through to final commissioning

Operations

- Open pit mine production increases in both material and ore movement
- Underground mining contractor mobilised and portal development
substantially completed
- 14,710m of diamond drill ("DD") and 929m of exploration reverse
circulation ('RC") completed during the quarter
- Eight drill rigs on site continuing resource definition drilling to
target Hapi, Amun Deeps and Pharaoh Zone
- Regional Exploration continues - drilling commenced at Quartz Ridge Main
Quartz Vein structure during the quarter with 11 holes completed. 9
holes successfully intersected the outcropping quartz vein, up to 60m
below surface. Results pending
- Significant intersections received for the quarter include:

D1454 - 11375N - 32m @ 5.65g/t Au from 691m
D1455 - 10700N - 42m @ 2.79g/t Au from 423m
D1463 - 10750N - 35m @ 2.03g/t Au from 493m
D1466 - 11700N - 19m @ 4.88g/t Au from 583m
D1468 - 10800N - 16m @ 4.29g/t Au from 441m

Corporate

- Commenced work for move to main board of the London Stock Exchange -
admission anticipated on 06 November 2009
- Company remains debt and hedge free


Commenting on the quarterly report Josef El-Raghy, Managing Director/CEO of Centamin, stated:

"The quarter saw further significant progress in construction and commissioning activities and follows our first gold pour in June 2009. We continue to achieve major construction milestones quarter on quarter and look forward to achieving commercial scale production by the end of the calendar year. Corporately the move to the main board of the London Stock Exchange represents another step in the company's growth from a junior explorer to a gold producer of size and scale with operations that should have a sustained growth cycle ahead."

SUKARI GOLD PROJECT CONSTRUCTION

Stage 1 construction and commissioning activities progressed well throughout the September 2009 quarter. Stage 2 construction is also well advanced and continues to meet forecast construction targets and milestones.

Major construction milestones achieved during the quarter include the commissioning of crusher and conveying systems and the delivery of seawater to the Sukari Gold Project raw water pond, which followed completion of pipeline system installations. Other activities throughout the quarter have focused on power generation systems, plant pipe installations, mechanical and electrical controls and the direct seawater intake facility. Several non process buildings were also completed with the laboratory and warehouse completed and now operational.

Workforce levels remained +1000 during the September quarter with significant scopes of work well advanced into commissioning and completion stage. Manning levels are expected to reduce throughout the December quarter as Stage 1 construction activities are completed and full commissioning of major plant components are achieved.

Progress pictures can be viewed on the Company's website - www.centamin.com.

Project Engineering and Design

Piping engineering and design with SENET in South Africa continues to progress well with Stage 1 installations approaching completion during the quarter. Stage 2 final drawings have been received and piping installation has commenced.

Crusher & Conveyor Systems

Crusher and conveying systems were commissioned during the September quarter with formal hand over to Operations due early in the forthcoming quarter. Operational performance to date has at times exceeded the 4mtpa throughput requirements.

Reclaim and Grinding Systems

Mill assembly and mill lining installations are complete with final commissioning underway. Mechanical testing and commissioning of SAG & Ball Mills has progressed well with no major issues encountered. The mechanical installation of all conveyor systems has been completed.

CIL Circuit & Gold Recovery

Following the installation of tank agitators in the June quarter, activity focused on testing and commissioning of these units. CIL tanks have been filled to capacity and tank agitator tests have been run. All pipe racks have been erected and piping installations have been completed.

Construction of the gold room is practically complete with all mechanical installations now in place.

Reagents, Air & Water Services

The air services building is approaching completion and all compressors and air blowers have been installed mechanically.

The Reverse Osmosis plant was fully installed and commissioned in the September quarter.

Power Plant

As reported previously, the Cummins (7MW) power station was commissioned and is currently providing power to the Sukari Gold Project. Operational performance is in line with design expectations.

Mechanical and piping installation has progressed well in the MAK (28MW) power station with diesel system mechanical installations and engine overhauls completed in the September quarter. Commissioning of engines 3 and 4 is currently underway with test runs having commenced. Power from sets 3 and 4 combined with the Cummins power station will initially be sufficient to run the Sukari operation whilst work continues on set's 1 and 2.

Fuel Farm tank installations are currently being commissioned and diesel fuel is now being received to the fuel farm. Piping of the tanks to the pump skids and pipe racks was completed during the September quarter.

Site Buildings and Infrastructure

Power lines were energized during the quarter. MCC buildings are complete and established at various locations.

Stage 1 civil works are complete with minor ancillary works undertaken throughout the September quarter. The main warehouse building and laboratory buildings were completed and commissioned during the quarter.

Tailings and Tailings Storage Facility ("TSF")

With the thickener and cyanide process water tanks fully installed in the previous quarter, steel work and pump systems were completed and commissioned during the September quarter.

Stage 1 of the TSF is complete and the process has been tested through the delivery of seawater into the TSF. Civil works for Stage 2 construction, which will provide ongoing storage capacity, continue to progress well.

Seawater Supply System

Mobilisation and installation works for the direct seawater intake facility commenced in the September quarter and are expected to be completed toward the end of 2009. Activity has focused on sheet piling work ahead of piping installations in the forthcoming quarter.

Water bore development, which was established whilst the approval process for direct seawater intake was ongoing, is now complete, with seawater being delivered into the raw water pond on site at the Sukari Gold Project. This follows the completion of successful pump station commissioning throughout the September quarter.

To view the Raw Water Pond, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/rawwaterpond.pdf

EXPLORATION

During the quarter, resource definition drilling was concentrated in the Pharaoh zone north of 11300N, following the high grade Hapi Zone at depth, deeper Hapi zones at the basal porphyry contacts, the west dipping high grade shear zone basal porphyry contact at the eastern margins and other mineralised structures within the porphyry. Drilling also occurred in the south of the Sukari porphyry from Wadi Fault testing the along strike continuity of the Amun Deeps porphyry blocks and mineralisation, Hapi Zone and Downthrust Zone from 10800N northwards. Drilling will continue with 8 rigs in all of the above areas for the foreseeable future.

To view Figure 1 - Sukari Gold Project, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/sukariproject.pdf

Amun and Ra Zones (10000 - 11200N)

Hole D1455 was drilled to infill the main porphyry block and Hapi Zone, test the extent of the Amun Deeps porphyry block and the Downthrust Zone and successfully intersected high grade mineralisation (42m @ 2.79g/t Au from 423m (Figure 2 and Table 1). Hole D1463 was drilled further north on 10750N along strike from D1455, drilling intersected a highly encouraging zone of Amun Deeps porphyry at depth, of 35m @ 2.03g/t Au from 493m. Hole D1468 was drilled on 10800N with a high grade intersection of 16m @ 4.29g/t Au from 441m reported at the upper hangingwall contact of the Amun Deeps porphyry; in the projected down dip location of the Hapi Zone structure (Table 1). This has provided encouragement to continue testing along strike north of 10700N where recently completed holes D1471 and D1474 (assays awaited) have recently intersected significant blocks of mineralised porphyry.

To view Figure 2 - Sukari Gold Project, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Amunzone.pdf

Pharaoh Zone (11200N - 12100N)

Most of the drilling during the quarter was focused in the Pharaoh Zone, targeting infill and along strike extension of the high grade Hapi Zone mineralisation, deeper high grade zones at the base and contact of the main porphyry to the sedimentary country rock package and more west-dipping mineralisation in the far north (Figure 1).

Drilling continued to return strong intersections at the base of the porphyry intrusion in the Hapi and deeper zones (Table 1). This correlated strongly with previously recorded results along strike and up and down dip; and infilled previously untested areas of the porphyry.

Hole D1454 (11375N) was drilled to infill the deeper Hapi Zone and confirmed strong Au mineralisation at the basal porphyry contact (32m @ 5.65g/t Au from 691m). Hole D1466 (11700N) returned; high grade zone of 19m @ 4.88g/t Au from 583m, intersected at the basal porphyry contact.

The coming quarter will see drilling continuing in the Pharaoh Zone to define the Hapi and deeper zones along strike and test the eastern porphyry contact. In the Amun Zone drilling will continue to test the Amun Deeps, Downthrust and Hapi Zones north of 10700N. Drilling access tracks are underway using drill and blast and rockbreakers to unlock the strong resource potential of the steepest parts of the North West part of the hill, previously sparsely drilled due to the challenging topography.

REGIONAL EXPLORATION

Drilling commenced at Quartz Ridge Main Quartz Vein structure during the quarter with 11 holes completed for 929m out of a planned 26 holes. All holes drilled to date, except two, successfully intersected the outcropping quartz vein, up to 60m below surface and over 2-6m downhole widths of quartz vein and altered rocks, over a strike length of 300m. The mineralised structure remains open at depth and along strike, drilling continues. Assays are awaited.

Wide spaced regional work continued to increase coverage of the mapping and geochemistry as the exploration push continues away from the Sukari hill (Figure 3).

OPEN PIT MINING

Centamin conducts its open pit mining operations on an 'owner operator' basis. Primary mining fleet includes ten CAT785C rear dump trucks and two O&K RH120E excavators with additional mine support equipment in place. Atlas Copco equipment is used to supply grade control and blast hole drilling equipment.

A total of 1,310,369 bank cubic metre ("BCM") of material was mined during the quarter with 903,938 tonnes of ore mined and delivered to the ROM pad for processing.



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September June March % Change
Sukari Gold Project Quarter Quarter Quarter Sept vs
Mine Production 2010 2009 2009 June Quarter
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Ore mined kt 904 353 248 +256%
Material movement BCM 1,310 1,157 445 +13%
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During the quarter, ore was mined in Stage 1 from the 1148RL to 1124RL bench and in Stage 2 from 1184RL to 1178RL during the period. 31,669 grade control metres in Stage 1 and Stage 2 were completed to the 1124RL and 1172RL. The permanent assay laboratory commenced Fire Assay and sample preparation during the period.

Drilling and mapping has shown high grade Au is associated with strongly sheared and sericite-hematite altered porphyry; with stock works of extensional quartz veins and sheared contacts with the hangingwall rocks. Correlations between the resource model and grade control are satisfactory, with mineralised controlling structures adequately appearing in the grade control and mapping.

UNDERGROUND MINE DEVELOPMENT

Centamin announced in the previous quarter that it had issued a Letter of Intent to Barminco for the immediate mobilisation of personnel and equipment, and subsequent commencement of underground mining activities at the Sukari Gold Project in Egypt.

Site works have continued with underground portal substantially completed during the September quarter.

The Company believes it has the opportunity to increase production by accessing higher grade ore from an underground mine. The aim is to access this higher grade ore earlier than otherwise would have been scheduled through surface mining. PGM commenced preparations for underground mining in April 2009 and portal development commenced in July 2009. Although the decline will be sufficient for eventual production, the initial objective is to fully investigate the expected ground conditions and provide access for additional drilling and geotechnical investigations.

An initial underground mining rate of 500,000 tonnes per annum at a grade between 5-10g/t Au is being targeted thus bringing higher grade ore feed into production earlier than otherwise would have been scheduled through surface mining at circa 2g/t. Full production from the underground could potentially be achieved approximately 18 months after commencement of the decline.

To view Figure 3 - Sukari Gold Project, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/sukarigold.pdf

CORPORATE

On 3 July 2009, the company announced that it had attained subscriptions from various North American resource focussed funds for a private placement of 19 million ordinary shares at an offering price of C$1.56 per share. Following the close of the offer on 16 July 2009, the offer was fully subscribed and raised gross proceeds of C$29.6M. Centamin Egypt Limited intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for the continued exploration activities and general corporate purposes.

On 4 August 2009, the company announced its intention to apply for admission to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority (the "Official List") and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market for listed securities. This listing is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed on 06 November 2009.

The Company is currently debt free, unhedged and able to aggressively pursue further exploration and development activities, including the underground development of the high grade Amun Deeps Zone.

On behalf of Centamin Egypt Limited

Josef El-Raghy, Managing Director/CEO

30 October 2009

Quality Assurance and Control and Qualified Person

The information in this report that relates to ore reserves has been compiled by Mr Tadek Wojtowicz and internally reviewed by Mr Andrew Pardey. Mr Pardey is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a full time employee of the Company. He has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity he is undertaking, to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in the "National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators" and "CIM Definition Standards For Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves" of December 2005 as prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Mr Pardey's written consent has been received by the Company for this information to be included in this report in the form and context which it appears.

The information in this report that relates to ore reserves has also been independently verified by Mr Pieter Doelman, an employee of Coffey Mining Pty Ltd Perth. Mr Doelman is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity he is undertaking, to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in the "National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators" and the "CIM Definition Standards For Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves" of December 2005 as prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Mr Doelman consents to the inclusion of this estimate in reports.

Information in this report which relates to exploration, geology, sampling and drilling is based on information compiled by geologist Mr Richard Osman who is a full time employee of the Company, and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy with more than five years experience in the fields of activity being reported on, and is a 'Competent Person' for this purpose and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in "National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators". His written consent has been received by the Company for this information to be included in this report in the form and context which it appears.

The assay samples were analysed by Ultra Trace Pty Ltd, Canning Vale, Western Australia.

The information in this report that relates to mineral resources is based on work completed independently by Mr Nicolas Johnson, who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Johnson is a full time employee of Hellman and Schofield Pty Ltd and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the 2004 edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in "National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators". Mr Johnson consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

Refer to the updated Technical Report which was filed in May 2009 for further discussion of the extent to which the estimate of mineral resources/reserves may be materially affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant issue.



Table 1 - Significant Intersections September 2009 Quarter

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HOLE NORTH EAST DIP AZI EOH FROM TO INTERVAL AUAR1
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D1449 11575 10783 -85 270 755.5 113 115 2 2.35
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601 618 17 1.26
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incl. 661 662 1 5.03
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D1452 11725 10800 -78 270 668.2 367 378 11 1.16
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D1453 11500 10885 -82 270 729.3 147 151 4 48.30
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147 148 1 186.00
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346 348 2 1.79
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D1454 11375 10775 -89 270 776.2 18 28 10 1.24
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120 135 15 3.28
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incl. 120 122 2 14.60
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298 300 2 3.94
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691 723 32 5.65
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incl. 697 706 9 13.5
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incl. 722 723 1 14.6
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D1455 10700 10825 -76 270 706.9 423 465 42 2.79
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incl. 433 434 1 39.0
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incl. 450 451 1 12.3
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D1456 11775 10804 -78 270 668.2 6 11 5 1.05
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415 419 4 2.65
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incl. 433 435 2 4.34
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600 611 11 6.63
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incl. 607 608 1 56.0
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D1457 11300 10738 -86 270 739.5 61 83 22 1.70
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incl. 70 71 1 6.36
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incl. 74 75 1 5.90
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incl. 668 669 1 6.69
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incl. 683 684 1 6.20
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D1458 11425 10760 -87 270 782.5 163 168 5 7.68
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incl. 163 164 1 31.5
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231 235 4 1.56
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283 289 6 2.83
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incl. 285 286 1 12.5
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294 296 2 4.29
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incl. 366 367 1 5.95
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672 688 16 1.52
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700 721 21 2.30
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incl. 704 705 1 6.49
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incl. 714 715 1 6.82
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incl. 719 720 1 6.80
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D1459 12025 10825 -88 270 372.0 2 21 19 1.99
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38 41 3 1.42
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D1460 11600 10890 -80 270 740.4 180 182 2 1.72
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603 615 12 2.48
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incl. 604 605 1 5.19
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incl. 609 610 1 9.51
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D1461 11650 10730 -82 270 741.0 0 34 34 1.64
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incl. 329 330 1 5.35
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incl. 678 681 3 5.50
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incl. 702 703 1 1.66
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D1462 11950 11020 -55 270 449.7 44 46 2 1.41
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112 146 34 3.29
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incl. 130 132 2 8.96
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incl. 135 140 5 6.54
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incl. 142 143 1 11.3
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197 199 2 5.69
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355 358 3 72.10
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incl. 357 358 1 215
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D1463 10750 10811 -73 270 780.7 493 528 35 2.03
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incl. 499 500 1 7.20
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incl. 505 506 1 10.2
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incl. 521 523 2 11.1
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572 576 4 5.95
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594 596 2 31.0
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D1465 11650 10833 -82 270 642.2 26 28 2 18.2
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D1466 11700 10908 -78 270 632.0 179 185 6 2.08
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incl. 184 185 1 2.08
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583 602 19 4.88
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incl. 583 584 1 14.9
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incl. 586 587 1 5.68
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incl. 599 602 3 13.6
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D1467 11850 10978 -74 270 515.1 267 269 2 8.74
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D1468 10800 10930 -68 270 643.7 184 187 3 1.73
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441 457 16 4.29
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incl. 450 455 5 8.37
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500 505 5 2.52
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D1469 11700 10763 -75 270 425.4 41 44 3 1.79
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208 210 2 13.60
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incl. 401 402 1 9.15
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D1472 11800 10810 -68 270 691.2 0 4 4 2.79
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incl. 16 17 1 8.68
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172 177 5 2.48
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incl. 176 177 1 5.77
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186 194 8 2.06
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RCD596 11850 10827 -74 270 648.9 408 411 3 2.68
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incl. 408 409 1 6.12
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530 533 3 1.42
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incl. 566 570 4 1.00
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RCD788 11975 10825 -90 0 411.2 222 226 4 2.28
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288 299 11 1.93
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Note: Intervals shown in the table are down hole intercepts, drilled at
high angles relative to the internal mineralized structures and the
Sukari Porphyry; true widths do not apply or are not used in drilling
the stockwork style mineralization at Sukari

Contact Information

  • Centamin Egypt Limited
    Josef El-Raghy
    + 61 (8) 9316 2640
    www.centamin.com
    or
    Buchanan Communications Limited
    Ben Willey
    + 44 (0) 207 7466 5000
    or
    Buchanan Communications Limited
    Bobby Morse
    + 44 (0) 207 7466 5000
    or
    Ambrian Partners Limited
    Richard Brown
    + 44 (0) 207 7634 4700
    or
    Ambrian Partners Limited
    Richard Greenfield
    + 44 (0) 207 7634 4700