Augusta Resource Corporation
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NYSE Amex : AZC

Augusta Resource Corporation

September 16, 2010 06:44 ET

Augusta Announces Minority JV with Korean Consortium

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC)(NYSE Amex:AZC) ("Augusta" or "the Company") announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rosemont Copper Company ("Rosemont"), today entered into an Earn-In Agreement with a Korean consortium, the members of which are Korea Resources Corporation ("KORES") and LG International Corp. ("LGI") (together "KORES/LGI"), whereby KORES/LGI shall acquire a 20% joint venture interest in the Rosemont copper molybdenum project in Pima County, Arizona in consideration for funding US$176,000,000 (the "Investment") of the project expenses. US$70,000,000 will be advanced to fund development pre-permitting and US$106,000,000 will be advanced to fund construction. As funds for the Investment are advanced, KORES/LGI will earn their proportionate interest in the joint venture.

Pursuant to the Earn-In Agreement, KORES/LGI and Rosemont have entered into a Joint Venture Agreement governing their relationship. KORES/LGI and Rosemont have also agreed to enter into an off-take agreement on market terms in respect of 30% of copper concentrate and 20% of copper cathode and molybdenum concentrates annually produced by the Rosemont project.

Augusta's President and CEO Gil Clausen said: "The US$176 million equity investment by KORES and LGI, together with the US$230 million in funding previously committed by Silver Wheaton and combined with Augusta's contributions to date will provide about 50% of the total project funding. We are well advanced in discussions with project finance lenders for the balance of the funding. The steps taken today have substantially de-risked the project and will enable timely project construction upon receipt of final permits." 

About Korea Resources Corporation

Korea Resources Corporation is wholly-owned by the Korean government and is charged with a policy mandate to further Korea's access to strategically important mineral resources, both domestically and internationally. The company carries out the Korean government's mineral resources policy objectives by engaging directly, or indirectly through joint ventures or in the form of minority investments, in overseas exploration, development and production of strategically important mineral resources, and managing the nation's stockpile of rare mineral resources.

About LG International Corp.

LG International Corp (LGI) specializes in commodity investments, industrial products, information technology products, and consumer goods. The company is the trading arm of LG Group, one of the largest conglomerates of South Korea. LGI operates in Asia and Europe.

About Augusta

Augusta is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont copper deposit near Tucson, Arizona. Rosemont hosts a large copper/molybdenum reserve that may account for about 10% of US copper output once in production in 2012 (for details refer to www.augustaresource.com). The exceptional experience and strength of Augusta's management team, combined with the developed infrastructure and robust economics of the Rosemont project, will propel Augusta to become a solid mid-tier copper producer. The Company is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE Amex under the symbol AZC, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol A5R.

For additional information please visit www.augustaresource.com.

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