Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
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Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

December 24, 2008 13:07 ET

Chelopech Finalizes Modified Concentrate Processing Contract and Loan Agreement with Namibian Custom Smelters and Weatherly International plc

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2008) - Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX:DPM)(TSX:DPM.WT)(TSX:DPM.WT.A) (the "Company" or "DPM") is pleased to announce, further to the press release issued on November 27th, 2008, the completion of the Loan Agreement between its wholly owned subsidiary, Chelopech Mining EAD ("Chelopech"), Weatherly International plc ("WTI") and its subsidiary, Namibian Custom Smelters ("NCS"), for the extension of up to US$7 million of long-term debt from Chelopech. Proceeds from the loan will be used by WTI/NCS for working capital purposes and improvements at NCS's Tsumeb smelter. In addition, the Chelopech copper/gold concentrate purchase and sales contract with NCS has been extended to 2013, giving Chelopech the right to sell up to 120,000 tonnes of concentrate per year to NCS for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 and to reduce concentrate sales on 12 months' notice to allow for the start-up of the DPM Group's metals production facility in Bulgaria.

Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of precious metals. It's group currently owns the Chelopech Mine, a producing gold/copper mine, and the Krumovgrad Gold Project, a mining development project, both located in Bulgaria, and is engaged in mineral exploration activities in Serbia. In addition, Dundee Precious owns the Back River gold exploration project in Nunavut, Canada and a 95% interest in the Kapan Mine in Armenia.

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Contact Information

  • Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
    Jonathan Goodman
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 365-2408
    Email: jgoodman@dundeeprecious.com
    or
    Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
    Stephanie Anderson
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 365-2852
    Email: sanderson@dundeeprecious.com
    or
    Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
    Lori Beak
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Secretary
    (416) 365-5165
    Email: lbeak@dundeeprecious.com