Equinox Minerals Limited

Equinox Minerals Limited

April 21, 2008 09:05 ET

Equinox Minerals Limited: Lumwana Commissioning Commences

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) -


Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX:EQN)(ASX:EQN) ("Equinox" or the "Company") is pleased to report that the commissioning of the Lumwana Copper Project has commenced with the electrification of the main Lumwana 33kV substation. This brings power from the ZESCO substation at Lumwana, which was energized earlier this year, and reticulates the power to key substations around the Lumwana plant site and infrastructure. The substation was successfully energized with mains/grid power from ZESCO, Zambia's national power supply authority, on Tuesday 15th April and Lumwana power draw has commenced.

A series of subsequent flow on commissioning tests in other activity areas throughout the Lumwana plant and infrastructure will commence in the weeks ahead.

Commenting, Mr. Craig Williams, Equinox's President and CEO commented that "The energization of the main 33kV substation and reticulation of power around the site represents a significant milestone in Lumwana's development. We are pleased that ZESCO has worked so diligently in ensuring Lumwana receives such high priority in the provision of such electrification. Lumwana Mine is now entering the final commissioning phase and we will keep shareholders regularly informed as we progress towards first concentrate production."

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Equinox:

Craig R. Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer

For information on Equinox and technical details on the Lumwana Project please refer to the company website at www.equinoxminerals.com.

Qualified Persons

As required by the National Instrument 43-101, Equinox's designated qualified persons required for the supervision of exploration projects are John Cooke and Mike Richards, both of whom are employees of the Corporation. Uranium resources were estimated by Daniel Guibal of SRK Consulting and Ross Bertinshaw of Golder Associates, and mining reserves were estimated by Ross Bertinshaw of Golder Associates, both of whom are the nominated qualified persons for their respective organisations. Raw drilling data that formed the basis of the resource and reserve estimates have been presented previously in the Corporation's earlier public releases of July 24, 2007 and November 14, 2007, and readers are referred thereto.

Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements", which are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Investors are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and results. Risks and uncertainties about the Company's business are more fully discussed in the Company's disclosure documents filed from time to time with the Canadian and Australian securities authorities. Technical information in this release is summarized or extracted from the "Amended Technical Report on the Lumwana Copper Project, North West Province, Republic of Zambia" dated October 2006 (the "Technical Report"), prepared by Michael Davis, Process Manager, Ausenco Ltd. ("Ausenco"), Ross Bertinshaw, Principal of Golder Associates Pty Ltd. ("Golder"), Tim Miller, Director, of Investor Resources Finance Pty Ltd ("IRF"), and Robert Hanbury, Associate Director, of Knight Piesold Pty Ltd. ("Knight Piesold"), each of whom is a "Quali?ed Person" in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Readers are cautioned not to rely solely on the summary of such information contained in this release, but should read the Amended Technical Report which is posted on Equinox's website (www.equinoxminerals.com) and filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and any future amendments to such report. Readers are also directed to the cautionary notices and disclaimers contained herein. All currency in this release is U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.

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