Augusta Resource Corporation

Augusta Resource Corporation

November 18, 2008 14:25 ET

Augusta Announces 14% Increase in Rosemont Reserves; 16% Reduction in Strip Ratio

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) - Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC)(NYSE-A:AZC) ("Augusta" or the "Company") has completed an update of proven and probable reserves at its Rosemont Copper project near Tucson, Arizona, which now total (including oxide and sulfide) 616.32 million tons of ore. This represents an increase of 14% over the Bankable Feasibility Study ("BFS") released in August 2007. This announcement follows the latest resource increase announced October 23, 2008, and is expected to result in lower operating costs in the updated BFS being prepared for release in January 2009.

2008 Rosemont Mineral Reserves (fully diluted)
Sulfides Oxides
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Classification Mtons NSR $/t Cu% Mo% Ag oz/t Mtons NSR $/t Cu%
Proven 142.00 14.19 0.48 0.015 0.13 16.25 3.91 0.18
Probable 404.34 13.13 0.44 0.015 0.11 53.73 3.77 0.17
Total 546.34 13.41 0.45 0.015 0.12 69.98 3.80 0.17
Net Smelter Royalty (NSR) values are based on metal prices of $1.75/lb Cu,
$15.00/lb Mo, and $10/oz. Ag. Mining reserves include 4% dilution.

The proven and probable sulfide mineral reserves within the designed Rosemont ultimate pit total 546.34 million tons grading 0.45% copper, 0.015% molybdenum and 0.12 ounces per ton silver, a 53.61 million ton (11%) increase in sulfide ore reserves. Included in the sulfide material is 13.25 million tons of mixed transitional material containing sulfides and oxides, which will be treated as sulfide and processed through the mill. Proven and probable oxide reserves increased from 49.5 million tons grading 0.18% copper to 70.0 million tons grading 0.17% copper, an increase of 20.53 million tons (42%) in oxide ore reserves.

The ultimate pit contains 616.32 million tons of mineral reserves and 1.23 billion tons of waste resulting in a 16% decrease in the strip ratio to 2:1 (tons waste per ton of ore) from approximately 2.38:1 in the 2007 BSF. The mineral reserves were calculated from an update of the block model from 20 new core holes and the sampling of 10 previously un-sampled geotechnical holes. The new reserve calculation does not affect the design plan or disturbance footprint in the current mine plan of operations that is being reviewed by the United States Forest Service ("USFS") under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA").

A National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the updated mineral reserves will be filed within the next 45 days under the Company's profile on SEDAR at, as well as at

Qualified Person

Augusta contracted Moose Mountain Technical Services of British Columbia, Canada to estimate the open pit reserves, a key component of a feasibility study update that is currently in progress. The mineral reserve update was performed under the direction of Mr. Robert Fong, P.Eng., of Moose Mountain Technical Services. He is a registered professional engineer with the province of Alberta and is an Independent Qualified Person under the standards set forth by Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

ABOUT AUGUSTA RESOURCE CORPORATION - Augusta is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont Copper deposit located near Tucson, Arizona. Rosemont currently hosts a large copper/molybdenum reserve that may account for about 10% of US copper output once in production in 2011 (refer to Augusta's website for further details). The exceptional experience and strength of Augusta's management team, combined with the developed infrastructure and robust economics of the Rosemont project, will propel the Company to become a solid mid-tier copper producer within three years. Augusta is traded on the NYSE Alternext US (formerly American Stock Exchange) and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AZC, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol A5R.


Gil Clausen, President & CEO


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